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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Film Adaptation: NC-17 or R-Rated?

The wildly popular erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" has been picked up by Universal Pictures and Focus Features to be made into a movie. The question remains whether or not the film adaptation, which would likely need an NC-17 rating, will be modified to an R rating.

The book by E.L James follows the unlikely romance of college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire tycoon Christian Grey -- with Anastatsia looking for love, Christian for kinky sex.
Lisa Parker from FiftyShadesFilm.com told MTV News, "Making this movie will absolutely be a challenge. It's going to take a devoted director who admittedly likes the books and understands that first and foremost, this is a love story."
She continued, "If telling the love story is the main focus, then we do believe the steamy sex scenes can be shot and edited in a way to get us an R-rated movie rather than NC-17."
Robert Pattinson and Ian Somerhalder are both rumored to be in the running for the role of Christian Grey.