“We’re very conscious of not making anything gratuitous or exploitive while being faithful to the stories of the book and to fans of the book,” Michael De Luca tells Deadline. “We’re going to give them what they expect, which is an intense and erotic love story.”
“Obviously the film can’t be as explicit as the book,” De Luca explains. “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.”
De Luca adds that Fifty Shades is more than just
a way bored housewives can live vicariously through a fictional character sex, telling the trade website that the Sam Taylor-Wood-helmed flick will focus more on Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) romance.
“Not to sound corny, but it is, at its heart, a young love story. I think those things always work,” he says of the erotica series. “No matter what you think about the book, those things are in that story and they are very cinematic. 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.”
Currently, Fifty Shades of Grey is being filmed in Vancouver, Canada. The film is slated to be released Feb. 13, 2015.