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Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson want a major pay raise for Fifty Shades sequel

03.12.2015

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Although a FIFTY SHADES OF GREY sequel still hasn't been officially announced yet, stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are seeking a much bigger paycheck for the sequel, according to THR. Sources have told the site while both Dornan and Johnson signed three-picture deals, the pair are trying to "renegotiate for seven-figure raises" for the follow-ups FIFTY SHADES DARKER and FIFTY SHADES FREED.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson earned $250,000 apiece for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, and sources say they are looking for a deal perhaps not par, but at least similar to Jennifer Lawrence's THE HUNGER GAMES deal. Lawrence's salary for the first movie was only $500,000, however she got a huge pay raise for CATCHING FIRE, earning $10 million.

With director Sam Taylor-Johnson more than likely not returning for the sequel and author E.L. James demanding to write the script, I doubt Universal also wants to deal with dissatisfied stars or (even worse) having to finding new leads. Considering how well FIFTY SHADES OF GREY has performed at the box office (over $500 million worldwide), I'm sure Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will end up getting a deal that will make everyone involved happy. Except for non-FIFTY SHADES fans, of course.

At this time, the plan is to shoot FIFTY SHADES DARKER in early 2016 for a 2017 release.

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Source: THR

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7:00PM on 03/12/2015

They're not doing it for the Art.

And I think this movie series will have a Twilight-like stigmata to it, where the actors find it tougher to get good roles because of it.
So they might as well grab the cash.
And I think this movie series will have a Twilight-like stigmata to it, where the actors find it tougher to get good roles because of it.
So they might as well grab the cash.
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1:22PM on 03/12/2015
Will she raise her performance?
Will she raise her performance?
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1:40PM on 03/12/2015
I heard Johnson was the only good thing about the movie. She sounds poised to be a big star.
I heard Johnson was the only good thing about the movie. She sounds poised to be a big star.
7:05PM on 03/12/2015
Likewise. Most reviews I saw praised Dakota Johnson's performance; basically, she sold the movie. Jamie Dornan, not so much.
Likewise. Most reviews I saw praised Dakota Johnson's performance; basically, she sold the movie. Jamie Dornan, not so much.
12:57PM on 03/12/2015
"Lawrence's salary for the first movie was only $500,000". "Only" lol. I understand that actors get paid a lot but seeing "Only" before 500,000 makes me laugh.
"Lawrence's salary for the first movie was only $500,000". "Only" lol. I understand that actors get paid a lot but seeing "Only" before 500,000 makes me laugh.
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12:38PM on 03/12/2015

RIP, Terry Pratchett

Can you blame them? The movie has so far made $157 million on a $40 million budget, and the sequel has already been greenlit. I'm sure the sequel will do equally as well, if not better. With EL James demanding to write the script for the next two movies, then Johnson and Dormer will want to get as much up-front if they have to recite her wretched dialogue for two more films.
Can you blame them? The movie has so far made $157 million on a $40 million budget, and the sequel has already been greenlit. I'm sure the sequel will do equally as well, if not better. With EL James demanding to write the script for the next two movies, then Johnson and Dormer will want to get as much up-front if they have to recite her wretched dialogue for two more films.
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12:35PM on 03/12/2015

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next thing you know, after the trilogy, they will do a prequel that will show them as teenagers, a tv show, a spin off, sex toy products, 50 shades clothing line, 50 shades Barbie edition, 50 shades kids cartoon, 50 shades adult cartoon on adult swim, 50 shades for kids Pixar movie, 50 shades PG version movie, 50 Shades Pg-13 version, 50 Shades NR version, 50 Shades XXX version, 50 Shades Hardcore Sex Version, 50 Shades Evil Angel version, 50 Shades Gang Rape, 50 Shades Snuff Film, etc..........
next thing you know, after the trilogy, they will do a prequel that will show them as teenagers, a tv show, a spin off, sex toy products, 50 shades clothing line, 50 shades Barbie edition, 50 shades kids cartoon, 50 shades adult cartoon on adult swim, 50 shades for kids Pixar movie, 50 shades PG version movie, 50 Shades Pg-13 version, 50 Shades NR version, 50 Shades XXX version, 50 Shades Hardcore Sex Version, 50 Shades Evil Angel version, 50 Shades Gang Rape, 50 Shades Snuff Film, etc..........
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4:51PM on 03/12/2015
None of which has anything to do with actors wanting a pay raise.
None of which has anything to do with actors wanting a pay raise.
9:29PM on 03/12/2015
A Fifty Shades porno would skip the S&M and just show them having sex so it would be just basically a porno.

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A Fifty Shades porno would skip the S&M and just show them having sex so it would be just basically a porno.

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11:23AM on 03/12/2015
The movie under performed in the domestic box office... it had a significant drop off in week 2. Also, restructuring their contract is not the same as Jennifer Lawrence... she was an academy award nominee and had other big movies under her belt. Dakota Johnson is just a person who hit the lottery of life with her parents and just look at the video of her and her mother at the oscars, she is an ungrateful brat.

This series should go the way of the Dragon Tattoo series... 1 movie and done.
The movie under performed in the domestic box office... it had a significant drop off in week 2. Also, restructuring their contract is not the same as Jennifer Lawrence... she was an academy award nominee and had other big movies under her belt. Dakota Johnson is just a person who hit the lottery of life with her parents and just look at the video of her and her mother at the oscars, she is an ungrateful brat.

This series should go the way of the Dragon Tattoo series... 1 movie and done. With all the ppl involved thinking they are more important than they are, universal should just say fuck them.
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12:14PM on 03/12/2015
They made 250K, I don't think asking for more money for a sequel to a successful movie is "thinking they are more important than they are"
They made 250K, I don't think asking for more money for a sequel to a successful movie is "thinking they are more important than they are"
3:12PM on 03/12/2015
I don't see how you can say that a movie that has made $117 million over it's budget, under performed domestically. Besides, you can't act like the worldwide take doesn't count. $528 million is a crapload of money. Whether the film is good or not. I've seen it. It is not. There will be at least 2 more of these movies, cause there will still be a low budget, even after these 2 get their raises, and it will still make $100s of millions worldwide.
For every movie like this, there are 5 movies
I don't see how you can say that a movie that has made $117 million over it's budget, under performed domestically. Besides, you can't act like the worldwide take doesn't count. $528 million is a crapload of money. Whether the film is good or not. I've seen it. It is not. There will be at least 2 more of these movies, cause there will still be a low budget, even after these 2 get their raises, and it will still make $100s of millions worldwide.
For every movie like this, there are 5 movies made that I like to see. So, I am just fine with that!
11:43AM on 03/13/2015
The 2nd week drop off indicates the movie had zero word of mouth... the returns will only continue to diminish for each additional movie.
The 2nd week drop off indicates the movie had zero word of mouth... the returns will only continue to diminish for each additional movie.
10:57AM on 03/12/2015
Considering how much money the first movie is making right now, I'm not surprised these two want more pay rise.
Considering how much money the first movie is making right now, I'm not surprised these two want more pay rise.
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10:38AM on 03/12/2015
They're not stupid.
They're not stupid.
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