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Fifty Shades author demands to write the sequel; may delay release

02.19.2015

If there is anything shocking about the release of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, it is not the fact that the movie has already grossed $300 million worldwide in less than one week of release. No, the shocking thing is that Universal has yet to announce the go ahead for production on the sequel, FIFTY SHADES DARKER. It seemed like a no-brainer that the sequel would be fast-tracked, but now we may know the reason why it hasn't.

Variety is reporting that sources claim the author of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY novels, E.L. James, is demanding to be given screenwriting duties on the sequel despite having never written a script in her life. We had already heard rumblings of discord between James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson over creative choices in the film. Now it looks like Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel won't be back for the next film.

What's the big deal about James taking over? Before we get into that, read this brief section from one of the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY books.

I glimpse his rippling shoulder muscles glistening with his perspiration in the dim light. He’s so freaking hot. Oh…! I’m so close. He senses my quickening and two fingers glide roughly through my wetness and straight to my sweet spot, the other arm snakes up my body where he pinches my nipple and twists violently. I shudder and groan in ecstasy, thrashing my head about as I detonate my release.

Anyone who has ever read a book knows instantly how poor of a writer James is. By having her take over as writer, Universal needs to build in additional time for potential rewrites and revisions which means the movie may not be able to go into production this year, pushing it to 2016 or 2017 at the earliest. Unlike writers like Gillian Flynn or J.K. Rowling, James does not appear to have gotten any better as her novels progressed. This is a bad move for all involved.

Regardless of what you think of the film's content, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has a devoted following which makes this disappointing news and also a tough business decision for Universal. If they let James write the script, they are setting a bad precedent for future adaptations of successful novels. If they don't, they risk alienating the author and the fan base for the books. It is the Catch-22 that no one cares about.

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Source: Variety

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6:50AM on 02/20/2015
Easily more obvious that James has let fame go to her head, not very smart compared to other authors, Rowling, Meyers & Collins, who at least trusted the system
Easily more obvious that James has let fame go to her head, not very smart compared to other authors, Rowling, Meyers & Collins, who at least trusted the system
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5:53AM on 02/20/2015
"I glimpse his rippling shoulder muscles glistening with his perspiration"

For a moment there, I was seriously worried that his rippling shoulder muscles might be glistening with a random passer-by's perspiration.
"I glimpse his rippling shoulder muscles glistening with his perspiration"

For a moment there, I was seriously worried that his rippling shoulder muscles might be glistening with a random passer-by's perspiration.
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3:29AM on 02/20/2015

Hahahahaha!

I detonate my release? LMFAO!!!! Oh god please let her write it. PLEASE!!!!!
I detonate my release? LMFAO!!!! Oh god please let her write it. PLEASE!!!!!
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12:14AM on 02/20/2015
Let her write the script. It is normal for scripts to undergo rewrites anyway as the director has the final say.
Let her write the script. It is normal for scripts to undergo rewrites anyway as the director has the final say.
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11:59PM on 02/19/2015
Congratulations, you can needlessly mock something you had no interest in, in the first place
Congratulations, you can needlessly mock something you had no interest in, in the first place
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11:39PM on 02/19/2015

I may get thumbs down...

But, in all honesty, I actually enjoyed the movie for what it was. I thought the director gave more than a valiant effort in giving the film some style and a much higher quality than the plot and writing certainly deserved. There were some beautiful shots (the 'contract' scene, for instance), nice flourishes of editing, good production & set design, the music was well-used, the lead actress gave a solid performance, etc etc. All in all it's a very competently made film. HOWEVER -- the script
But, in all honesty, I actually enjoyed the movie for what it was. I thought the director gave more than a valiant effort in giving the film some style and a much higher quality than the plot and writing certainly deserved. There were some beautiful shots (the 'contract' scene, for instance), nice flourishes of editing, good production & set design, the music was well-used, the lead actress gave a solid performance, etc etc. All in all it's a very competently made film. HOWEVER -- the script and plot couldn't be more atrocious (and frankly thematically problematic), but I do think that the writing falls into the "so bad it's cringe-worthy good" kinda category.

Anyways, long post, sorry. Regarding this news, she is so so so so bad, and this sequel is just going to be terrible.
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11:23PM on 02/19/2015
It`ll be the first screenplay ever written with a crayon .
It`ll be the first screenplay ever written with a crayon .
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3:21AM on 02/20/2015
I nearly did a spit take...so hilarious!!! They will be the most expensive crayons ever.
I nearly did a spit take...so hilarious!!! They will be the most expensive crayons ever.
10:53AM on 02/20/2015
Nah, Rob Zombie's been using crayons for years now.
Nah, Rob Zombie's been using crayons for years now.
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9:56PM on 02/19/2015

I they've turned your nonsense

... into something you can put on film. Be grateful, and extremely wealthy.

They aren't ruining your work of art Herr.
... into something you can put on film. Be grateful, and extremely wealthy.

They aren't ruining your work of art Herr.
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9:34PM on 02/19/2015

This is an interesting dilema.

give it to her and trust it will make money regaurdless or say fuck it and cut her out trusting fans won't opt out as a result. I would suggest the latter but who knows.

Bet gus Van Sant's feeling like he dodged a bullet now though.
give it to her and trust it will make money regaurdless or say fuck it and cut her out trusting fans won't opt out as a result. I would suggest the latter but who knows.

Bet gus Van Sant's feeling like he dodged a bullet now though.
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8:42PM on 02/19/2015

How about delay this release...

Indefinitely?

Between an alleged stabbing from three women and 100 underage theatergoers nearly reenacting the church scene in Kingsman, this movie is poison for the society of cinema.
Indefinitely?

Between an alleged stabbing from three women and 100 underage theatergoers nearly reenacting the church scene in Kingsman, this movie is poison for the society of cinema.
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8:26PM on 02/19/2015

Meh.

My wife reads romance novellas and tried to read 50 Shades but said it was a poorly written pile of garbage and gave up on it. The excerpt in the article proves it. Congrats to E.L. James for finding a large enough audience of horny idiots to peddle to though. Waaaaaaaaaaaay richer than I am. I still bet that universal push shit up hill to let a "professional" write the screenplay because they know that the writing sucks in those novels.
My wife reads romance novellas and tried to read 50 Shades but said it was a poorly written pile of garbage and gave up on it. The excerpt in the article proves it. Congrats to E.L. James for finding a large enough audience of horny idiots to peddle to though. Waaaaaaaaaaaay richer than I am. I still bet that universal push shit up hill to let a "professional" write the screenplay because they know that the writing sucks in those novels.
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8:23PM on 02/19/2015
Of course it would make tons of money. Sure a sequel is in order. I'm not surprised.
Of course it would make tons of money. Sure a sequel is in order. I'm not surprised.
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8:06PM on 02/19/2015

Amazing

That there are so many sexually frustrated soccer moms stooping to reading this garbage.
Let her write it. She's wrote these as Twilight fan fiction lol. Maybe it will kill it.
That there are so many sexually frustrated soccer moms stooping to reading this garbage.
Let her write it. She's wrote these as Twilight fan fiction lol. Maybe it will kill it.
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7:54PM on 02/19/2015

I'M SURPISED SHE DOESN'T WANT TO DIRECT AS WELL.

The acceptance of this tripe in book or movie form is astounding. Lots of lemmings in the world and lots of desperation in Hollywood these days. Too bad actual novelist are lost in this deluge of subpar writing.
The acceptance of this tripe in book or movie form is astounding. Lots of lemmings in the world and lots of desperation in Hollywood these days. Too bad actual novelist are lost in this deluge of subpar writing.
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6:49PM on 02/19/2015

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anyway, around two and half months till Avengers 2!
Anyway, around two and half months till Avengers 2!
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6:42PM on 02/19/2015

Bad news for Universal, and the actors cast in this travesty

Good news for the rest of us. Obviously this woman's ego is out of control and, unlike J.K. Rowling, her ego is writing cheques her talents can't cash. Either Universal wrests control of the series away from James and gives it to someone who can actually write, or SAVING CHRISTMAS will have some competition at the dregs of the IMDb Bottom 100.
Good news for the rest of us. Obviously this woman's ego is out of control and, unlike J.K. Rowling, her ego is writing cheques her talents can't cash. Either Universal wrests control of the series away from James and gives it to someone who can actually write, or SAVING CHRISTMAS will have some competition at the dregs of the IMDb Bottom 100.
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6:33PM on 02/19/2015
She really thinks this thing is more important than it is.
She really thinks this thing is more important than it is.
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6:25PM on 02/19/2015

Let her write it

I say let her take a stab at it. How many screenplays had Gillian Flynn written before Gone Girl? Zero to my knowledge. Of course that novel was of superior quality, but I'm also sure that Flynn had prior connections, editors, and just a lot of support in general. It's guaranteed $$$ regardless so just hand her the keys. No matter who writes it the same people will and won't be seeing it. I honestly don't know how she could make it worse than what I've heard it is.
I say let her take a stab at it. How many screenplays had Gillian Flynn written before Gone Girl? Zero to my knowledge. Of course that novel was of superior quality, but I'm also sure that Flynn had prior connections, editors, and just a lot of support in general. It's guaranteed $$$ regardless so just hand her the keys. No matter who writes it the same people will and won't be seeing it. I honestly don't know how she could make it worse than what I've heard it is.
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7:29PM on 02/19/2015
Flynn wrote 2 novels before Gone Girl.
Flynn wrote 2 novels before Gone Girl.
7:41PM on 02/19/2015
Okay didn't know that. Still though, that was her first screenplay.
Okay didn't know that. Still though, that was her first screenplay.
6:24PM on 02/19/2015

irony

the below sentence is written just as well as the excerpt from the book:
"Anyone who has ever read a book knows instantly how poor of a writer James is. "
the below sentence is written just as well as the excerpt from the book:
"Anyone who has ever read a book knows instantly how poor of a writer James is. "
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7:49PM on 02/19/2015
That sentence is not nearly as bad as you claim. It is not even close to as bad as the writing from the excerpt.
That sentence is not nearly as bad as you claim. It is not even close to as bad as the writing from the excerpt.
6:06PM on 02/19/2015

ROFL: LOL LOL LOL

This is just what this series needs. And as we all know she did not really write the first one anyway it was a forum collaboration. I can't wait until someone comes forward to claim their share of the 300 million dollar pot, unless they have already been paid off with hush money. If you notice you have not seen the "Author" of this great epic on any talk shows. That's because she doesn't want to answer questions.
This is so freaking hilarious!
This is just what this series needs. And as we all know she did not really write the first one anyway it was a forum collaboration. I can't wait until someone comes forward to claim their share of the 300 million dollar pot, unless they have already been paid off with hush money. If you notice you have not seen the "Author" of this great epic on any talk shows. That's because she doesn't want to answer questions.
This is so freaking hilarious!
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