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Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (Pic: Universal Pictures)

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been a divisive one from the moment it was announced, right up to and including people actually getting to see the adaptation of E. L. James‘ bestselling erotic novels. But a worldwide box office take of $300 million so far is not to be sniffed at—especially for an R-rated movie—and so perhaps unsurprisingly talk has already turned to possible sequels.

Fans of director Sam Taylor-Johnson and the performances of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, however, might be less than thrilled with the news that a creative shakeup is looking increasingly likely should a second film go ahead. While negotiations to make a movie of the second book, Fifty Shades Darker, are ongoing, it’s being reported that James is keen on taking a more active hand this time around. Variety report that “sources close to the project don’t expect Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel to be back for the second installment”, with James instead demanding to follow in the footsteps of Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) and adapt her novel into a screenplay herself.

However these negotiations go, a second film looks like a pretty inevitable prospect at this point—but as it’s unlikely to go into production until at least next year, there may also be a question mark over whether both Dornan and Johnson are able to reprise their roles. Will fans still be as keen to see a sequel if the original cast and crew aren’t involved?

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By Seb Patrick