Even with last year’s runaway success, 2013 is already shaping up to be a 50 Shades of Grey kind of year.
A feature film based on the sexually charged book, which has sold 65 million copies around the world, is in the works for this year. And a musical spoof of the book, 50 Shades! The Musical, will open at New York City’s Gramercy Theater on Friday, the New York Post reports.
The stage version is heavy with innuendo but scarce on nudity, unlike the book, which has drawn high praise and vicious criticism as “mommy porn” for its frank description of the bondage tinged relationship between Anastasia Steele, a student, and Christian Grey, her billionaire sexual provocateur.
The musical version is performed by Chicago’s Baby Wants Candy musical comedy troupe and is slowly earning critical buzz. The show includes 11 original songs and pokes fun of the characters including the wealthy Grey portrayed with a beer gut.
The film version of the E L James book has been adapted for the big screen by British screenwriter Kelly Marcel, and leaves nothing to the imagination, she tells the Times of London, noting the movie will not be cast until after the script is complete.
Marcel says the script is so closely guarded she is keeping shredders at her Hollywood home to keep away those whom she says are going through her trash to hunt for clues.
“This isn’t going to be Twilight. It’s going to be raunchy.” Marcel said. “We are 100 percent going there.”