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Fifty Shades of Grey director ‘threatens to quit’

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Reports claim Sam Taylor-Johnson and EL James are embroiled in a feud over the amount of sexy scenes shown on screen

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According to Mirror UK, 50 Shades director Sam Taylor-Johnson has threatened to quit the movie trilogy due to differences with the book’s author, EL James. A inside source told The Sun, “Sam won’t be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision.” Taylor-Johnson had previously opened up on her creative differences with author EL James during the 50 Shades filming, citing the two fought a lot throughout the filming process which made things a challenge. Reports of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s directorial role in the next two franchise films have not yet been confirmed or denied.

Author James actress Johnson and director Taylor-Johnson arrive for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

She said: “It was difficult, I’m not going to lie.

“We definitely fought – but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen. But, you know, we got there.”

Actors Johnson and Dornan director Taylor-Johnson and author James arrive for screening at 65th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin

 This weekend’s Valentine’s Day debut of 50 Shades of Grey broke several records at the box office—making it a huge hit in theaters. The film became the highest-grossing Presidents Day holiday opener of all time and is ranking among the biggest R-rated debuts in history. In the three day weekend debut, 50 Shades earned a total of $81.7 million, breaking the holiday’s previous record-holder, the 2010 debut of the romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day,” which earned $56.3 million in its first weekend. Further, the film became the second-biggest earner and debut in February history behind “The Passion of the Christ.” [Variety]

Photos: Reuters

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