Despite all the rumours, whispers and wishful thinking; and while there has been no official confirmation, it’s becoming clear that we’re probably going to be getting at least two sequels to Sam Taylor-Johnson‘s erotic adaptation of E.L James‘ novel 50 Shades of Grey. Despite the film’s poor reviews, there’s a huge fan base that are dying for some more Mr. Grey action but apparent leading stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan need a little more convincing, in the form of a bigger pay packet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Johnson and Dornan have both signed a three picture deal but are attempting to “renegotiate for seven-figure raises” for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. While Dornan and Johnson both bagged $250,000 each for the first flick, sources claim that the pair are after a similar salary to the likes of Jennifer Lawrence‘s pay deal with The Hunger Games. Lawrence earned $500,000 for the first Hunger Games flick but bagged a huge pay rise for Catching fire, earning £10 million. It appears Dornan and Johnson are after a similar pay rise.
With issues between Taylor-Johnson and E.L James continuing to stir up trouble within the studio, it’s more than likely Universal will give Johnson and Dornan what they want, as the last thing they need are stars walking from the project. Still, if I had to have my name attached to that disaster, I’d want some more money to go along with it too.