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Fifty Shades sequel will likely not be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson

02.11.2015

I am just going to cut to the chase here and be blunt: no matter how awful FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is from a critical standpoint, it is going to make a shitload of money. That means we are going to see at least two more films based on the trilogy of novels with the studio likely splitting the final book in half because that is what they do. Needless to say, after the director search that happened for the first film, it seems unlikely that Sam Taylor-Johnson will be returning for another chapter in the BDSM saga.

The Hollywood Reporter claims that despite official comments, author E.L. James and Taylor-Johnson clashed regularly during the production. Despite bringing in award-winning screenwriters, James was adamant that her original dialogue be kept intact. Having read sections of the novels, anyone can tell you how bad of an idea that would be. Universal needs to hedge their bets and still release a watchable film and that would mean making changes.

While James pressed for more explicit sex scenes, Taylor-Johnson wanted to make the film more subtle. The biggest clash came with the ending of the film.

It seems the battle between author and director climaxed over the ending of the movie. The first book ends after Steele asks Grey to hit her with his best shot. He obliges, and Steele recoils and leaves him. While Taylor-Johnson wanted to end the movie with the safe word "red," James insisted that the final word be "stop." The difference may seem insignificant, but sources associated with the project agree that the version favored by Taylor-Johnson was part of a smarter ending. ("Stop" is not the last word in the first book but nonetheless matched James' vision.) "Erika would not let go," says the rep. "Maybe fans would say she did the right thing."

I would like to say that FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is better off with an actual filmmaker making it than a yes man willing to transcribe the book to the screen, but we won't know until we see the finished product. While I will not be going to the theater for this movie, I am curious as to whether it is even watchable or if it is TWILIGHT levels of bad.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY opens this Friday.

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5:46PM on 02/12/2015

Has anyone noticed that Dakota Johnson

looks like an idealized version of E.L. James? Why am I not surprised?
looks like an idealized version of E.L. James? Why am I not surprised?
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9:08AM on 02/12/2015
The only people interested in this piece of shit story( no matter how hard i try I can't bring myself to call it a "novel") are obese middle age cat women who see this crap as "cutting edge". Why even bother posting news about it on this site? No one here wants to see it.
The only people interested in this piece of shit story( no matter how hard i try I can't bring myself to call it a "novel") are obese middle age cat women who see this crap as "cutting edge". Why even bother posting news about it on this site? No one here wants to see it.
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4:02AM on 02/12/2015
oh give me a freaking break, even Rowling & Meyers didn't make that big of a deal. This fat hag James seems to be full of herself & letting fame go to her head. Other than that could care less for these movies & insomnia is the only reason I clicked & commented ok.
oh give me a freaking break, even Rowling & Meyers didn't make that big of a deal. This fat hag James seems to be full of herself & letting fame go to her head. Other than that could care less for these movies & insomnia is the only reason I clicked & commented ok.
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5:44PM on 02/12/2015
Actually, J.K. Rowling did make a huge deal about adapting HARRY POTTER to the screen (and Warner Bros. hated her for it) but she had very good reason: she knew a lot of plot points were going to reappear further down the line and she wanted to make sure they were in the earlier films so the series would hang together.

BTW, there's enough to criticize about E.L. James without calling her a "fat hag." "Talentless hack," yes. "Can't write her way out of a paper bag," yes. But comments
Actually, J.K. Rowling did make a huge deal about adapting HARRY POTTER to the screen (and Warner Bros. hated her for it) but she had very good reason: she knew a lot of plot points were going to reappear further down the line and she wanted to make sure they were in the earlier films so the series would hang together.

BTW, there's enough to criticize about E.L. James without calling her a "fat hag." "Talentless hack," yes. "Can't write her way out of a paper bag," yes. But comments about her looks or weight? Not cool.
8:04PM on 02/11/2015

expectations

I've not came across a review that's called it awful yet. They say its not great but its not the abomination everyone expected.
I've not came across a review that's called it awful yet. They say its not great but its not the abomination everyone expected.
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5:25PM on 02/11/2015
What do you mean, "sequel"? There's going to be more of this shit?
What do you mean, "sequel"? There's going to be more of this shit?
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3:38PM on 02/11/2015

awful movie

I just watched the premiere here in Brazil. The movie can be worse than Twilight! Poor acting from both main actors, cheesy ass lines (I dont make love. I fuck. Hard). Yep, that happened. Thank god I didnt pay to watch this crap. But, even though the movie sucked, the directing is one of the things that are 'good' about the flick.
I just watched the premiere here in Brazil. The movie can be worse than Twilight! Poor acting from both main actors, cheesy ass lines (I dont make love. I fuck. Hard). Yep, that happened. Thank god I didnt pay to watch this crap. But, even though the movie sucked, the directing is one of the things that are 'good' about the flick.
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5:43PM on 02/11/2015
If that's the kind of dialogue in there my girlfriend will get pissed if I see it with her. No way can I not laugh or comment on that.
If that's the kind of dialogue in there my girlfriend will get pissed if I see it with her. No way can I not laugh or comment on that.
3:17PM on 02/11/2015

Given that most reviews

claimed that Sam Taylor-Johnson somehow managed to scrape together a halfway watchable film from this dreck, the fact that he's not returning is not good. But, this series is only going to appeal to its fanbase, plus the poor SO's who have to go along.
claimed that Sam Taylor-Johnson somehow managed to scrape together a halfway watchable film from this dreck, the fact that he's not returning is not good. But, this series is only going to appeal to its fanbase, plus the poor SO's who have to go along.
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3:24PM on 02/11/2015
Sam Taylor-Johnson is female.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is female.
4:40PM on 02/11/2015
Crap. Typo.
Crap. Typo.
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