Marlon Wayans, the king of spoof comedy, has just announced that he will be back in March of 2016 with his take of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which he will be calling “Fifty Shades of Black.”
The original movie, based on the book written by E.L. James, is an erotic romantic drama starring Dakota Johnson as college graduate Anastasia Steele who has a sadomasochistic relationship with business tycoon Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.
The movie was such a success that it stands as the third highest-grossing movie of 2015.
Now, Wayans plans to adapt that story into a comical version. So far, he has gotten Mike Tiddes, the director of “A Haunted House” and co-writer Rick Alvarez on board. Wayans will produce, star in and co-write the new movie, and the wheels are expected to be set in motion soon.
Financing will be provided by IM Global, according to the company’s founder and CEO, Stuart Ford. He will be in Cannes for the sales launch next week, along with president of production, Matt Jackson, and Senior VP of Production Glendon Palmer. All three will be the movie’s executive producers.
Ford said, “We’re excited to pair up once again with Marlon, Rick and Mike on ‘Fifty Shades of Black’, and we look forward to together creating another wholesome slice of entertainment for all the family.”
In his pre-Cannes announcement, Wayans, too, was keen about the project and said, “We’re excited to be back in business with IM Global doing our comedic remix of this movie. Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand, and I’m looking forward to having fun with this project. It’s amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of. I’m really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional.”