E.L. James, author of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy, wants more control in the coming movie, specifically in the writing of the next film’s script, Variety announced in a report Thursday.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” is the film based on the erotic novel about Anastasia “Ana” Steele and Christian Grey that features elements of BDSM. After “Fifty Shades of Grey,” there are two more books in the erotic trilogy: “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.”
Universal Pictures and James are still discussing details, so the next movie based on the second book of the trilogy, “Fifty Shades Darker,” has yet to be confirmed. Word has it, however, that filming should start in early 2016.
In response to James seeking more control over the script, a Universal representative told AceShowbiz.com, “The studio had always intended to sit down with the author after the film opened and discuss next steps and that has not yet happened.”
Variety reports that if James were to write the screenplay for the next film, it would mean a later release date for the film because of James’ inexperience with screenwriting and the studio’s need for time to make any revisions.
Though the studio may harbor uncertainties over James writing the film, the formula worked with the film “Gone Girl.” Gillian Flynn wrote both the book and the screenplay. Giving James the script may benefit the characters by allowing the author to adapt the characters she created.
In addition, rumors are swirling that the sequel will retain neither director Sam Taylor-Johnson nor screenwriter Kelly Marcel. However, sources close to the film said that no official decisions have been made as of yet.
Tempers flared between Marcel and James, even though they had worked on the first draft of the first film together, Variety reports. When Universal asked about reducing the amount of sexual content in the film, Marcel and James had a falling out, sources say.
According to Variety, Patrick Marber was brought in for rewrites. Marber is known for his writing in “Closer” (2004), “Notes on a Scandal” (2006) and “Asylum” (2005).
Marcel declined to comment on the situation and was not a part of the “Fifty Shades” press tour.
Taylor-Johnson’s possible departure could be explained by the director and James clashing over details in the movie.
“It was difficult, I’m not going to lie,” Taylor-Johnson told Porter magazine. She admitted that the two of them fought but that they were “creative fights” and were resolved.
“We disagreed a lot,” Taylor-Johnson told Variety in January. “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.”