"We're very conscious of not making anything gratuitous or exploitive while being faithful to the stories of the book and to the fans of the book," producer Michael De Luca dished at the Sundance Film Festival.
He added, "We're going to give them what they expect, which is an intense and erotic love story." That's the good news.
The bad news? He continued, "Obviously the film can't be as explicit as the book. A picture is worth a 1000 words. So to be erotic onscreen means I think an image is going to have way more power than reading the words on a page."
Still, De Luca has big promises about the movie, which he's approaching as more sweet than smutty.
"Not to sound corny, but it is, at its heart, a young love story. I think those things always work. No matter what you think about the book, those things are in that story and they are very cinematic," he said. "I think people love a good love story and the these two characters endeared themselves to 90 million readers so it's hard to say that it didn't connect on a deeper level than just its more sensationalist aspects, but it was the love story that did it for me."
De Luca explained that Fifty Shades Of Grey author E.L. James was explicit because she needed to be — and that the film doesn't need that. "The book is explicit by design because the author wanted to get inside of the female character and wanted to in detail go through her experience. On a literary level that was necessary but on film it is a whole different medium," he continued. "In any adaption of a book, you have to lose some stuff and you have to combine some stuff. In the dramatic arch of a two-hour or 90-minute movie, it's a three-act structure."
Fair enough. But listen, there are millions of love stories out there, but only one red room of pain. They better deliver.