'50 Shades' gets a release date
June 27th, 2013
05:03 PM ET

'50 Shades' gets a release date

We still don't know who will play Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, but Universal's putting "Fifty Shades of Grey" down on the calendar anyway.

The studio announced Thursday that the "global release" of the eagerly anticipated adaptation of E.L. James' novel will kick off in North America on August 1, 2014.

Sam Taylor-Johnson's been tapped to direct the project, which will have a script written by Kelly Marcel.

With "Fifty Shades" just being the entry point to James' trilogy, which details the increasingly explicit relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Grey and naive college student Steele, Marcel's hinted in the past that her script won't be PG fare.

“It will be rated NC-17," Marcel told Entertainment Weekly earlier this year. "It will be raunchy.”

At the time, though, Universal wasn't exactly on the same page, telling EW that the film still didn't have a ratings designation.

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  1. Meh

    NC-17 for internal wad pops? yeah sure...

    July 3, 2013 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. darkbraincomics

    NC-17, haha, suuuuure. Because the studios have the balls for that? No, no they don't.

    July 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. all she does is break machines, fights and throws things..


    July 1, 2013 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  4. TALK TALK TALK...happy couples its all draining manipulation that goes no place FIND HAPPINESS THAT'S THE GOAL NOT BEING TREATED LIKE SH-T


    July 1, 2013 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. 1. kids 2. work. 3. find happiness whoever it is...simple.


    July 1, 2013 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Anthony: 1. worry about your kids and find another one....window busting is a flag

    July 1, 2013 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  7. dsgxcbery

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    July 1, 2013 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. Matthew Black

    Can't wait to miss it...

    July 1, 2013 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Kiss,Rise,Sleep--

    no good.

    June 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Enjoyment

    50 enjoyed her tea company today

    June 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Brian can you See me?


    June 30, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. GRS62

    I haven't read any of this trilogy but it seems that there are already several thousand versions available for rental at your local porn shop.

    June 30, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. flitty

    henry cavill... THE Christian Grey–!!!–

    June 30, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      HENRY CAVELL.....Oh yeah!!!! Also, Channing Tatum would be excellent as well.

      June 30, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LJ Rhodes

    Well, fans of the book enjoyed it in huge part for its explicitness. So, if Universal doesn't want it to flop and to draw enormous ire, they won't want to meddle too much in the production to try to tame it down if they think it's getting too adult/steamy. That's precisely what folks who liked the book are going to expect in the movie–an explicitly adult story. Remove explicitness from the movie, and they'll have basically gutted the story and turned it into anything but Fifty Shades of Grey.

    June 30, 2013 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
    • iceandsnow3

      I agree totally. I guess if they follow the book as closely as possible, at the very least it would be an "R" rating....probably should be an "X" especially if they have lots of close-ups!! Movie theatres would have line-ups around the block once word got out that the film was very explicit.

      June 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      It's gonna be tough to find an actress with any talent who'll let someone do a micro close-up opf her cootch.

      July 1, 2013 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
    • darkbraincomics

      50 Shades of family-friendly, very light Grey

      July 1, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mom of 4

    Just what we need next summer. Mommy porn in the theaters before kids go back to school. Brilliant.

    June 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |

    June 29, 2013 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  17. DOCTOR


    June 29, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  18. DoctorCrime

    The real side of those who live their lives in “Shades of Grey” can be found in “Killers, ‘Cuffs & Kisses” , on Amazon books. It is a tad edgy. As they say, “Ouch is not a ”safe” word !

    June 29, 2013 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  19. martinaBex

    give me dem rules baby

    June 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. T

    This is gonna BOMB so bad.....the actors will never work again..

    June 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Jen

    Jonathan Gordon Levitt

    June 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Meh

    Safety word = stupid idea

    June 28, 2013 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Pliny

    If they were to make a movie called '50 Shades of Gay,' I would be first in line to audition for it.

    June 28, 2013 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  24. Literal Leigh

    I was looking at paint samples at Lowe's the other day and could not for the life of me find 50 different shades of grey.

    June 28, 2013 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  25. M.A.P.

    I heard this book if just a scat film in writing. Sounds refreshingly discusting.

    June 28, 2013 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  26. tired of you

    Ya'll need to stop the crazy posts! On every story the same trash, that has the same trash talk, the same spellings errors, and has nothing to do with the story subject. If you are to stupid to read and spell maybe you should spend your time in school instead of the internet!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  27. tracie


    June 28, 2013 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  28. bagladyboutique

    Reblogged this on Bag Lady Boutique.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Georgette

    If true, hopefully James Scott has the lead.

    June 27, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  30. 50 shades of suck


    June 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |

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