Gus Van Sant Shoots 'Fifty Shades' Test Reel

Gus Van Sant '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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bettegh from Tortola is reading Witches, Wife Beaters & Whores, common law and common folk in early America by Elaine Forman Crane April 24, 2013 - 12:34pm

I'd go with Mary Harron.

(seriously? an American Psycho remake?)

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig April 24, 2013 - 4:24pm

Bettegh -- a shot for shot remake featuring Vince Vaughn as Norman Bates...

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Jane Wiseman from Danville Virginia is reading The Iron Council, by China Mieville April 25, 2013 - 10:43am

Ugh, the book was horrible. I can't imagine a movie. There's plenty of much, much better BDSM out there. How about a movie version of "The Story of O"?

Oh, wow, there IS a movie version of "Story of O," from back in the 70s--apparently pretty bad, though.

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simulacrum from Las Vegas is reading shit April 26, 2013 - 8:14am

gus van sant is visually autistic, but it would be so justly fitting that a terrible director would direct such a seemingly terrible book.

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Mandi Rei Serra from NorCal is reading Treasury of Royal Scandals April 28, 2013 - 4:03pm

No matter who directs it, they will have their work cut out for them to turn a wealthy, unstable, stalking creeper into a romantic lead. 

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Basil Papademos April 28, 2013 - 8:40pm

Pretty sad that Gus Van Sant has gone over to the dark and dumb side. He's really going to direct this bdsm extra-lite bullshit?

This stuff is transgression for repressed secretaries who've never had that big dirty romance, never gotten leashed right and fucked right.

The only things that get abused for real in this depressingly shitty series of books are the English language and the reader's intelligence. So good thing for the writer and the publishers that most people are semiliterate morons who think 2 weeks ago is ancient history.

And I put the blame squarely semi-literate straight women. I don't blame EL James. She's just a marketing hack who figured out what 'now trending' really means. Thath old gag of convincing the Great Army of the Unlaid that they've just discovered something new and exciting when they get led to yet another trough.

And check out EL James some time. Not exactly the kind of hag that'd inspired me to put some serious back into digging ditches for her. I mean, why would I really work my ass off for some stupid bitch who reduces the language to a bunch of limp cliches? If this is what the Marquis de Sade suffered for then I'm with the Illuminati; wipe out 4/5 of the planet and let's start again before the mewling, grasping half-wit hordes write off the whole place.

For example, in 50 Shades of Dogshit, there are a couple lines that are beyond howlers. I can actually hear the writer laughing her fat ass off at the army of unlaid morons who'll guzzle this crap. Here we go, ye armies of fuckless retards.. start fapping:

Christian Grey, the young billionaire who somehow never has to take a call or a meeting or fuck all else gets himself worked up and says to his college-aged virgin wannabe whore: "Anastasia, my mother was a crack whore! I'm 50 shades of fucked up!"

Anastasia then falls "into a troubled sleep where I see a small gray-eyed boy in a dark, scary place."

Okay, okay. I'll stop. I know. You're gonna throw up you're laughing so hard. And that's the best written part.

Anyway, I guess ol' Gus Van Sant has been too busy sucking cock down on the Embarcadero to keep his career in shape so he's reduced to getting involved in this kind of cynical moneyspinning dogshit.

It's what used to be known as "Laughing all the way to the bank."

That's when you'll suck any diseased, shit covered cock they put in front of you if it pays enough. Suck harder, Gus! Suck until you've turned 50 shades of green.

My Own Private Idaho, indeed...

 

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Basil Papademos April 28, 2013 - 8:41pm

Pretty sad that Gus Van Sant has gone over to the dark and dumb side. He's really going to direct this bdsm extra-lite bullshit?

This stuff is transgression for repressed secretaries who've never had that big dirty romance, never gotten leashed right and fucked right.

The only things that get abused for real in this depressingly shitty series of books are the English language and the reader's intelligence. So good thing for the writer and the publishers that most people are semiliterate morons who think 2 weeks ago is ancient history.

And I put the blame squarely semi-literate straight women. I don't blame EL James. She's just a marketing hack who figured out what 'now trending' really means. Thath old gag of convincing the Great Army of the Unlaid that they've just discovered something new and exciting when they get led to yet another trough.

And check out EL James some time. Not exactly the kind of hag that'd inspired me to put some serious back into digging ditches for her. I mean, why would I really work my ass off for some stupid bitch who reduces the language to a bunch of limp cliches? If this is what the Marquis de Sade suffered for then I'm with the Illuminati; wipe out 4/5 of the planet and let's start again before the mewling, grasping half-wit hordes write off the whole place.

For example, in 50 Shades of Dogshit, there are a couple lines that are beyond howlers. I can actually hear the writer laughing her fat ass off at the army of unlaid morons who'll guzzle this crap. Here we go, ye armies of fuckless retards.. start fapping:

Christian Grey, the young billionaire who somehow never has to take a call or a meeting or fuck all else gets himself worked up and says to his college-aged virgin wannabe whore: "Anastasia, my mother was a crack whore! I'm 50 shades of fucked up!"

Anastasia then falls "into a troubled sleep where I see a small gray-eyed boy in a dark, scary place."

Okay, okay. I'll stop. I know. You're gonna throw up you're laughing so hard. And that's the best written part.

Anyway, I guess ol' Gus Van Sant has been too busy sucking cock down on the Embarcadero to keep his career in shape so he's reduced to getting involved in this kind of cynical moneyspinning dogshit.

It's what used to be known as "Laughing all the way to the bank."

That's when you'll suck any diseased, shit covered cock they put in front of you if it pays enough. Suck harder, Gus! Suck until you've turned 50 shades of green.

My Own Private Idaho, indeed...

 

Basil Papademos's picture
Basil Papademos April 28, 2013 - 8:41pm

Pretty sad that Gus Van Sant has gone over to the dark and dumb side. He's really going to direct this bdsm extra-lite bullshit?

This stuff is transgression for repressed secretaries who've never had that big dirty romance, never gotten leashed right and fucked right.

The only things that get abused for real in this depressingly shitty series of books are the English language and the reader's intelligence. So good thing for the writer and the publishers that most people are semiliterate morons who think 2 weeks ago is ancient history.

And I put the blame squarely semi-literate straight women. I don't blame EL James. She's just a marketing hack who figured out what 'now trending' really means. Thath old gag of convincing the Great Army of the Unlaid that they've just discovered something new and exciting when they get led to yet another trough.

And check out EL James some time. Not exactly the kind of hag that'd inspired me to put some serious back into digging ditches for her. I mean, why would I really work my ass off for some stupid bitch who reduces the language to a bunch of limp cliches? If this is what the Marquis de Sade suffered for then I'm with the Illuminati; wipe out 4/5 of the planet and let's start again before the mewling, grasping half-wit hordes write off the whole place.

For example, in 50 Shades of Dogshit, there are a couple lines that are beyond howlers. I can actually hear the writer laughing her fat ass off at the army of unlaid morons who'll guzzle this crap. Here we go, ye armies of fuckless retards.. start fapping:

Christian Grey, the young billionaire who somehow never has to take a call or a meeting or fuck all else gets himself worked up and says to his college-aged virgin wannabe whore: "Anastasia, my mother was a crack whore! I'm 50 shades of fucked up!"

Anastasia then falls "into a troubled sleep where I see a small gray-eyed boy in a dark, scary place."

Okay, okay. I'll stop. I know. You're gonna throw up you're laughing so hard. And that's the best written part.

Anyway, I guess ol' Gus Van Sant has been too busy sucking cock down on the Embarcadero to keep his career in shape so he's reduced to getting involved in this kind of cynical moneyspinning dogshit.

It's what used to be known as "Laughing all the way to the bank."

That's when you'll suck any diseased, shit covered cock they put in front of you if it pays enough. Suck harder, Gus! Suck until you've turned 50 shades of green.

My Own Private Idaho, indeed...