Fifty Shades of Grey lead actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reportedly want a seven-figure raise for the sequel to their hit erotica movie. The film has made more than $550 million worldwide.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, an insider said that it was a very basic franchise starter deal just like Twilight and Hunger Games.
The 32-year-old actor and Johnson were each paid $250,000 reportedly for the first Fifty Shades film along with the box-office bonuses. The duo has signed three-picture deals but like most stars of franchise films, they will try to renegotiate for seven-figure raises for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
The studio must find a new director as Sam Taylor-Johnson famously clashed with author EL James during the filming of the first film and is not expected to return. As there is no script or director yet, Johnson and Dornan have been told to plan on an early 2016 shoot for a 2017 release, possibly around Valentine's Day again.
Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti asserted that that was the great thing about this film that they knew they were going to be able to make stars and no it is their opportunity to get paid on other projects.