He’s not attached to the project and hasn’t really expressed an interest in the property until now, which leaves us to presume that director Gus Van Sant is a) a really weird guy who just wanted to shoot a sex scene based on the “literary” phenomenon, or b) a really weird guy who’s angling to direct the anticipated adaptation.
The erotic clip apparently features Alex Pettyfer as billionaire Christian Grey, and an unknown actress playing the part of the reluctant, then horny, reporter.
Focus features has a history with Van Sant, and is currently working with Pettyfer in its remake of Endless Summer, so this doesn’t seem quite as random as it does at first blush. Either way, this movie is happening, and it’s probably going to be rated PG-13.
Because life is shitty that way, sometimes.