There has been some speculation about whether or not this series will be made into a movie. People question how they could do it while continuing to appeal to the female viewers. According to The Hollywood Reporter,
A veteran producer who spoke to THR ... wonders if Fifty Shades can actually be made. "I’ve heard that women will read about pornography; men like to watch it," he notes, adding, "This sounds like an updated version of 9 1/2 Weeks."While I have to agree that not all women are looking for pornography to watch on a Friday night, I think this movie can be made as a mainstream movie that appeals to both women and men. The sex scenes don't need to be explicit to get the point across. A lot of the passion and naughtiness can be conveyed without the closeups and money shots typical of porn movies. I think men will still want to watch it because they'll want to know what their women have been obsessing over. I think it's a win-win. So what if it's an updated version of 9 1/2 weeks? That movie is always recommended to women as a way to spice up their sex lives. I'm okay with a newer version, as long as it's done right. There are plenty of movies out there right now about teen angst and young love. It's about time we have one that is for adults!
So let's talk about what one should expect from this movie. As anyone who has read the book(s) can attest, this story is not just about the sex. And when it is about the sex, it's not all about S&M. I think the movie should capitalize on the fact that while he is originally looking for a pure submissive, he learns very quickly that she doesn't have a submissive bone in her body, and he decides that he is okay with that (but that doesn't mean he is willing to give up control). He introduces her to a lifestyle that she would probably not have come across on her own, and she pulls him out of his world and into hers where he experiences many firsts with her, including introducing her to his family, sharing his bed with her, flying her in his helicopter, etc. The key is that they find a balance while falling in love, so he still gets some of what he needs, and so does she. It's hot and steamy, but it's still a love story.
There are a few things in the books that I really enjoyed that will be hard to convey on the big screen. Christian and Ana have a playful banter, which is often portrayed through email in the books. It's not always what is written in the body of the emails that is important, but more often the subject and the email signature that make me laugh. Along with the playful banter, we also get to see the many sides of Ana's psyche in the books, which she calls her Inner Goddess and her subconscious. It's funny to see how the different sides of her mind react to certain situations compared to how she ultimately decides to act or react. If they can find a way to capture these things in the movie without being cheesy, I will be very happy!
One of the things many people are speculating about right now is who should play the parts of Ana and Christian in the movies. I haven't seen any suggestions that I whole-heartedly agree with yet, so I'm trying to come up with a few suggestions of my own. I think the most important thing for the actor portraying Christian to have is the eyes. I would like to see someone like Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon on the Vampire Diaries, play the part. He has a great body, extremely good looks and crazy eyes that can just as easily melt you as terrorize you. The only problem is that he doesn't have copper hair, but I can get past that. Another option could be Jensen Ackles, who is currently playing Dean Winchester on Supernatural. He, at least, has almost the right color hair. I also think Chris Pine, who played opposite Reese Witherspoon in This Means War, might be a viable candidate.
As for the leading female role, I am torn. I know that Anastasia is only 21/22 in the books, but I'd like to see a slightly older actress playing her. This article suggest Rooney Maura, and after seeing The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo I know that she could do the sex scenes, but I don't know that she could pull off the rest of the character (only because I haven't seen any more of her work). I would hate to see Kristen Stewart playing the role for many reasons, so she's definitely out. I've also seen people suggest Jennifer Lawrence, but Katniss (from The Hunger Games) cannot be Anastasia! That would just not work for me. I guess I don't really have a suggestion for the leading female role. Maybe it should be an unknown!
So what do you think? Would you like to see them make the books into a movie? Who would you cast?
ETA: The movie rights for the entire trilogy have been sold to Universal and Focus Entertainment for an estimated $5 million. The author retained the rights over final scripting and casting. I'm anxious to see who gets cast!