Fifty Shades of Grey might have made over $80 million dollars at the box office its opening weekend, and caused groups of grown women to laugh for over two hours, but those involved in its creation still aren't happy: reports indicate that director Sam Taylor-Johnson is either trying to get out of doing the sequels or that Universal pictures won't commit to them. Hmm.
The Sun reports (via the Daily Mail) "that the British director is keen to leave the franchise due to her constant on-set feuds with the author, despite previously claiming that she had 'signed on' to work on the sequels." That's not hard to believe; in fact, Taylor-Johnson has admitted as much.
This is a bit more though:
A senior film insider told newspaper's Dan Wootton: 'Sam won't be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that's the right decision.
'Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.'
But all this wondering about whether Taylor-Johnson is involved is mostly for naught, because Universal is being very cagey about whether they're even making future movies from the trilogy. In a statement, Universal said that they have "not yet announced anything pertaining to sequels," which Taylor-Johnson echoed, adding, "All press reports are pure conjecture as the studio have not committed to a sequel as yet. We will not be making any further comment."
What excellent negotiating tactics by all involved. Bravo.
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