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In any adaptation of a fictional book to a movie, the fans of the book expect nothing less than the most accurate portrayal possible. So far, we've seen that [Fifty Shades of Grey](movie:391697) isn't going to have quite nearly as many sexual encounters than there were in the books. This is mostly to keep the film out of that terribly formidable NC-17 rating category.

There is a lot of contention as to whether there is going to be a successful crossover from the page to the big screen. The latest drama comes in the form of a disagreement between the director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, and the author, EL James about the book's conclusion.

*Spoiler Alert* I am going to write below about the end of the film. Walk away now if you don't want to read how the book/movie ends.

So, essentially, as you may know, the book ends with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) asking her wealthy lover Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to give her a good beating. When he does it, she realizes she has had enough and leaves him. The final word, favored by James, in the movie was originally "stop".

Now, director Sam Taylor-Johnson wanted to end it with Steele saying the word "red", a "safe word" that is prevalent throughout the trilogy.

There was certainly some tension between the director and author of the book throughout the creative process.

Here's Taylor-Johnson to explain:

"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."

So while it may seem like things happen in movies super smoothly, working in this business for as much as a few weeks will teach you otherwise. I think it's a close call as to which word ("red" or "stop") comes across as smarter on screen, but I'm pretty much subscribed to the notion that the author is always right in any word-debate.

So, I think I'm on EL James' side. Not to say the directors, writers, and producers on the film haven't been important, but it was EL James' blood, sweat, and tears that went into the original product. She deserves to have that final say.

Do you agree?


What would be the better ending word for the film?

(Via: The Hollywood Reporter)


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