Gus Van Sant Shoots 'Fifty Shades' Test Reel
Now that Bret Easton Ellis is definitely out of the running, and Universal Pictures has hired Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) to write the screenplay, the question is: who will direct the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey? Gus Van Sant hopes the answer is, well, Gus Van Sant.
SlashFilm reports that the man behind such films as My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, and that godawful shot-for-shot Psycho remake is so keen on bringing E.L. James' tale of erotic self-discovery to the big screen, he shot a test reel featuring Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) and an unidentified actress as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively. Which scene did they film? Only the one where Steele loses her virginity to Grey, which is probably a big deal in the book (I haven't read it).
Shooting penultimate scenes for a film you haven't been hired to direct yet is a gutsy move, and it indicates Van Sant's enthusiasm for the project. Will his efforts pay off?
Who would support a guy like Van Sant behind the Fifty Shades wheel? Any other directors who might do a better job?
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