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Did EL James overrule director's ending of Fifty Shades of Grey?

EL James, writer of Fifty Shades of Grey was given complete control during the movie adaptation of her novel. She overruled the ending of the director. Sam Taylor-Johnson seems to have claimed the same.

hollywood Updated: Feb 07, 2015 15:32 IST
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EL James, the writer of Fifty Shades of Grey had complete control during the movie adaptation of her novel. She even chose the ending of the film, overruling the director Sam Taylor-Johnson .

The film, slated to release on February 13 has an ending preferred by James rather than the version that Taylor-Johnson and others wanted, said the Hollywood Reporter quoting sources.

James, whose real name is Erika Leonard, was granted exceptional control by Universal after the studio bought the rights to the material for a reported $5 million in March 2012.

"It ended on a really smart note and Erika wouldn't allow it. It's just a bummer," said an insider. Taylor-Johnson has refered to her creative differences with James in an interview.

"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 visualize this person onscreen, but, you know, we got there," she told Porter magazine.

Another source said James "was given a lot of power and has used every opportunity to flex that power," including determining the ending of the film

First Published: Feb 07, 2015 15:11 IST