Back when Basic Instinct 2 was released, I wrote a post about a Hollywood Reporter article that blamed the decline of the erotic thriller in the US on politics, rather than the dismal quality of recent films in that genre, and asked readers for their thoughts on the subject. Most of the commenters said they'd love to see a good erotic thriller, but that most of Hollywood's attempts of late have failed on both counts, particularly the "thriller" angle. So, while Lionsgate's new deal for the rights to Zane's to-be-published Addicted won't do much for those in search of suspense with their erotica, it nevertheless is a sign that at least one (small, smart) studio isn't feeling political pressure to keep sex out of their films.

According to Variety, Addicted "revolves around a successful black woman who has a series of affairs, threatening her marriage and motherhood" and, like all of Zane's books, "takes an unflinching look at female sexuality." The funny thing about this project is that instead of emphasizing either the story's unusual (at least for Hollywood), female-centric take on sexuality or the erotic nature of Zane's work, Lionsgate is selling it as a logical successor to their successful Tyler Perry films. Say it with me now: HAAAA! Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the Perryfilms admired for their strong family values? How, exactly, does that fit in with a hot movie about a married woman and her multiple affairs? Oh no. Please tell me she doesn't see the error of her ways, reform and return meekly to her husband at the end, or something. Zane readers, do her books usually end with a good, moral resolution? Help us out here.
categories Movies, Cinematical