E.L. James' Demands for '50 Shades' Sequel Mean Bad News for Fans

It's no secret 50 Shades of Grey made gazillions of dollars during its opening weekend, which should mean franchise author E.L. James is completely happy, right? Errr...wrong. It appears the writer is placing some pretty hefty demands on Universal Pictures regarding the sequel, which could be bad news for fans.


Variety reports James is demanding to write the second script, looking for more control over 50 Shades Darker, which is pretty nuts considering how much say she allegedly had over the first film (the author and director Sam Taylor-Johnson butted heads a lot).

Taylor-Johnson told the entertainment trade:

We disagreed a lot. She created these characters and the story. I was trying to create a film experience that would honor the book but at the same time give us a fresh perspective. That was difficult for her. We’d battle things out. I think you could say we crossed every scenario through our battles.

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Now, with James placing more demands on the movie studio, production on 50 Shades Darker has come to a screeching halt, making it nearly impossible to have the second film as a Valentine's weekend treat in 2016.

So what does this mean for fans? More than likely that it will be a long time before we see Christian and Anastasia back on the big screen. On the one hand, the drama and wait could build up even more anticipation for the second film ... or folks could get frustrated with the lag time and move on to the next hot book-to-movie franchise.

After all, nothing sizzles in Hollywood forever.

Do you think E.L. James should give up a little control for 50 Shades Darker?

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