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'Fifty Shades' Sequel Delayed? Author is Not Happy with 'Fifty Shades Darker' Sequel

The author of the Fifty Shades of Grey, E.L. James, wants full creative control over the Fifty Shades sequel.

Despite being a box-office hit and setting numerous records, the author of the Fifty Shades trilogy is not happy. According to Variety, the author is demanding that she gets full control over the script in the upcoming sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. JStone / Shutterstock.com JStone / Shutterstock.com
According to insiders, the delay in the production of “Fifty Shades Darker” is related to the fact that Universal execs and James are still arguing over details. Unlike most successful franchises, which aim to retain the team behind the first film, it appears that “Fifty Shades” will undergo a dramatic creative reshuffling in the weeks to come. Sources close to the project don’t expect director Sam Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel to be back for the second installment, though reps for the studio say no official decisions have been made. Now that “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become an international box office phenomenon, author E.L. James is seeking more control over the sequel by writing the script herself. Universal Pictures, which had been resistant to the idea, is currently discussing the potential move with James, who wrote the bestselling erotic trilogy about Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, Variety has learned. []
If E.L. James is given the opportunity to write the script for 'Fifty Shades Darker', then there is a good possibility the movie's release will be pushed back for several months. As Variety pointed out, it is rare in the film industry for an author to demand so much creative control over a movie. But, because the movie was such a hit, it gave the author a ton of power. According to reports, E.L. James, who has no prior filmmaking experience, was a constant problem since, she was so protective over her series. She would attend creative meetings and complain about certain plot lines, in addition, she would frequently get into arguments with the movie's director. Fifty Shades of Grey Gif Do you think giving E.L. James more creative control over the Fifty Shades Darker movie is a good idea? What do you think?Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.

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