‘50 Shades Of Grey’ Movie Rumors: Will ‘Fifty Shades’ Be Rated NC-17 Or ‘R’?

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A fan created this steamy “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie poster. Twitter

Fans of the erotic trilogy “Fifty Shades of Grey” know the series is riddled with intense sexual scenes, but what will that mean for the film adaption of the best-selling series?

According to one of the leads, “Sons of Anarchy” star and future Mr. Christian Grey Charlie Hunnam, he isn’t afraid to strip down with his co-star, actress Dakota Johnson (“Ben and Kate”). Despite the 33-year-old actor's willingness to go full monty on screen, filmmakers are considering going a different route by crafting the highly anticipated flick so that it will achieve an “R” rating from the Motion Picture Association of America as opposed to the previously rumored “NC-17.”

According to report from USA Today, the series author, E.L. James, and the studio behind the upcoming franchise plan to go for an “R” rating. Allegedly, the sex scenes between the leads, billionaire businessman Christian Grey and sexually inexperienced college graduate Anastasia Steele, will not “push the sexual content” to an NC-17 level.

Why would a series known for its sadistic sexual nature chose to censor some of its most pivotal and fan-loved scenes? According to Kirby Dick, a film director and creator behind the documentary “This Film Is Not Yet Rated,” a look inside how the MPAA rates film, “Historically, the NC-17 rating has dramatically impacted box office. It's the kiss of death in most cases.”

While aiming for a more scandalous rating may not be financially wise, others claim “Fifty Shades of Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson may push the boundaries for what is considered acceptable in an “R” rated film. “That’s the $1,000 question. Are they going to push things to a different level?” said Indiewire.com editor Melissa Silverstein. “She is going to have to walk a very fine line."

The first teaser trailer for the romantic drama is rumored to air during the 2014 Super Bowl. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is currently scheduled to be released Aug. 1, 2014.

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