Fifty Shades of Grey is doing rip-roaring business aound the globe, pulling in over $311 million after a week of release.
It was always expected to be a phenomenon, which is why eveyone involved started talking about sequels just as soon as possible. Now it seems that chat may have been a bit premature as it seems future films have hit a bit of a speed bump.
We've already reported that director Sam Taylor-Johnson isn't likely to return due to on-set spats between her and the book's author E L James and now it seems James wants even more control over the second film. Reports are suggesting the British novelist wants to write the entire script for the adaptation of Fifty Shades Darker, booting out Kelly Marcel who penned the first film. And as someone who barely managed to read the excuciating first novel, I can only say hell no!
Clearly James wants to keep control of the property which has made her millions but she also has to understand that film is a very different medium and also, objectively, he's a terrible writer. Most reviews have suggested that the Fifty Shades movie is a far more competent story than the original, thanks to changes to character and dialogue which James likely wouldn't have made.
Considering studio Universal were hoping to have a second film in cinemas for February 2016, they would want to get these issues resolved as soon as possible. Because movies often work better with a director and a script.
Fifty Shades of Grey is in cinemas now. Fifty Shades Darker will likely still hit sometime in 2016.