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'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie: Tension on set with E.L. James? Filming progress

Photo of EL James, author of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' novel
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The “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie seems to have hit a rough patch in the Red Room of Pain this week, as the NY Daily News reveals this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, that there may be tension on the set brewing between author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Although filming progress is still fortunately said to be on schedule — “Fifty Shades of Grey” has a Feb. 2015 release date set — James is allegedly interested in keeping the film exactly as the book, while Taylor-Johnson seems to want some creative leeway.

These rumors of heightened tension on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie set between E.L. James and Sam Taylor-Johnson remains unconfirmed, but it does pose an important question that the steamy film adaptation will need to take. Should it stay almost completely true to the original novel with the unforgettable Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, or should some aspects of their relationship — or simple plot points — be slightly altered, as so often happens in the creation of a film?

Talk of toning down the racy sex scenes found in the hard copy of “Fifty Shades of Grey” in its take to the silver screen has also made the news recently, with an NC-17 rating expected.

According to a source from E! News:

"Sam is getting annoyed about the way the script is being handled."

There is good news amid the sad talk of tension with the inner goddess, however. It is said by producers Michael de Luca and Dana Brunetti that the sexual and acting chemistry between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) is “real and great.” Dornan is said to be very protective of Johnson, much like Christian would be of Ana, and that both are “really nailing their roles.” Pun intended? Perhaps.

Yet the insider continues on the crux of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie squabble:

"E.L. James wants the movie to match the book exactly, but Sam has a different perspective. Sam is reminding E.L. she writes books and she makes movies. This has caused some tension between the two of them."

A different source has mentioned, though, that some people in Vancouver aren’t yet feeling the heat from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” and want filming for the adaptation to come to an end soon in their local area.

"Neighbors at the building were upset over the noise and water flying everywhere," the E! News insider said, likely alluding to the rainy backdrop needed for the Seattle story.

"An older man continued to ruin scenes by opening his window and shaking a cowbell. He did not stop until they came to some sort of a resolution with producers. Another person in the building told production that if any water comes into his house, they will have to pay for the water damage. Residents are not happy with them shooting there."

Let’s keep our hopes up, fellow fans, that any tension will smooth itself out as progress towards filming continues this week.

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