One of the things that came out of the Fifty Shades of Grey box office success was that the film did well, despite the fact that director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel did not exactly see eye-to-eye with author EL James. Even though the film has banked an enormous playroom full of cash, we’re hearing that James was not happy with the response to the first film and the adaptation of her book in the first place.
So, what to do?
Well, according to Variety, James is demanding that Universal allow her to take over the series and pen the screenplays for the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Although James is unlikely to direct, we do know that Taylor-Johnson will be out. Someone else will be brought in who will not argue or even debate James’ ideas for the cinematic versions of her beloved blockbuster books.
James wants creative control and given that the books, one could argue, have worse reviews than the movie (check out our Fifty Shades of Grey review), perhaps the author’s ego is getting in the way of creating a product that appeals to more than just the rabid fans of the Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele love story on the page.
It’s really hard to argue with over $300 million in international box office. But then again, James created it -- it’s her baby to sabotage if she wants. There, we said it.
Stay tuned, we have a feeling this hubbub has just begun.