50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor Johnson may have dropped out of filming the sequels.
The British tabloids are claiming the director wants out after a hellish shoot where she clashed with the author and leads Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan hated each other and didn’t even try to hide it on the press tour.
Moreover, author E.L. James (Erika Mitchell) wanted a much more reductive, literal interpretation of the material while the director wanted to bring it to life and remove some of the more explicit and notorious scenes.
The Sun has reported that Sam Taylor Johnson is keen to leave the franchise due to her constant on-set feuds with the author, despite previously claiming that she had ‘signed on’ to work on the sequels. A senior film insider told newspaper’s Dan Wootton: ‘Sam won’t be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision. Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.’
Sam and E.L. – who signed a £3 million deal with Universal and Focus Films giving them the rights to her trio of books, which also gave her creative control of the movies – are said to have clashed numerous times about sex scenes as the author wanted to make the movie racier.
The source also claimed that most of the rows between the two were due to the author’s wishes for the film to be as explicit as the book. ‘But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes,’ they added. [via The Daily Mail]
Sam has issued a denial, claiming “The studio have not committed to a sequel as yet….All press reports are pure conjecture as the studio have not committed to a sequel as yet. We will not be making any further comment.” So she’s not confirming or denying that she’s out for the sequels rather that the sequels have not been agreed.
Previously, it was reported that 50 Shades of Grey has smashed box office records. It earned $248.7m worldwide its opening weekend. Its total is higher than the opening for Avatar at $241.6m.