‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Moves Into Nicholas Sparks Territory

By November 13, 2013


If that Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation is aiming to intrigue masochists, they’re doing a fine job of hurting themselves – at least, the film’s just-moved release date seems ready to bring the pain.

After last month’s casting upheaval (Charlie Hunnam out, Jamie Dornan in) and the news that yet another writer had been brought on board to polish up Kelly Marcel’s adaptation of the E.L. James bestseller, it seemed inevitable that the Sam Taylor-Johnson film wasn’t going to make its previously set August 1, 2014 release date. And inevitably reigns, because that’s exactly what has happened – the film has now been pushed to February 13, 2015. Romantic?

Fifty Shades

Of course, the film is moving into a release date that already has a couple of films firmly staked out – like SpongeBob SquarePants 2 and The Longest Ride. But wait – what’s The Longest Ride? Only extreme and obvious competition for the film, because it’s the latest Nicholas Sparks film to get the big screen treatment. Looks like Valentine’s Day 2015 will be home to a battle royale between Sparks fans who love romance and whimsy and James fans who like, well, whips and chains. Will there be crossover? Yes. Will there be competition? Yes. Will there be some confusion from the SpongeBob crowd? We hope not.

In other Shades news, EW has trotted out a cover featuring stars Dornan and Dakota Johnson, along with a first batch of character posters (a peek at the cover is above, and you can head over to EW to see the rest). Why are they doing Dr. Evil impersonations? Why do they look so sleepy and confused?

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.