“50 Shades” catfight: Isn’t it supposed to be a myth that women can’t stand each other?
How author James and director Taylor-Johnson probably feel about each other
I’m loving all the media reports about the scratch-your-eyes-out rows between Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of the tepidly reviewed but avidly attended Fifty Shades of Grey ($91 million in five days), and E.L. James, the author of the $100 million-selling S&M-for-your-mom trilogy whose first volume was the source for the film. James (aka Erika Mitchell) wrested creative control over the making of the movie (as well as co-producer status) as a condition of sale, and she and Taylor-Johnson bickered so bitterly that by apparent mutual agreement, Taylor-Johnson won’t be back in the director’s chair for the two sequels.
And I thought sisterhood was supposed to be powerful! Aren’t women supposed to be natural collaborators on projects, supporting each other’s needs, and just generally non-competitive and nice?
Not according to the UK Daily Mail:
“Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.”
The source also claimed that most of the rows between the two were due to the author’s wishes for the film to be as explicit as the book.
“But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes,” they added.
Sam has openly admitted she and E.L would “often clash” while making the film and she recently revealed she was banned from using a jellyfish in a sex scene….
Posted by Charlotte Allen