Following the huge success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are asking for bigger pay days for the sequel. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actors want over a million dollars each for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
The duo raked in $250,000 each and tiered box-office bonuses for the first of E.L. James' trilogy of novels, but received no compensation on the backend. While that may seem like a lot, in similar franchises like the Hunger Games, for example, Jennifer Lawrence was only paid $500,00 for the first film and $10 million for the Catching Fire sequel.
So far, Fifty Shades has raked in $528 million worldwide to date, but, producer Dana Brunetti said he would like to keep the first film's $40 million budget for the second film and keep it from going too high because of salaries.
"That was the great thing about this film - we knew we were going to be able to make stars," he told the mag, declining to talk about specific renegotiations. "Now it's their opportunity to get paid on other projects. It's been a breakout role for both of them. I'm sure they are getting tons of offers on other things."
Since Universal has yet to find a new director and new writer for the project (Sam Taylor-Johnson and Kelly Marcel are not expected to return), we may have to wait until 2017 to see the sequel. The actors have reportedly been told to expect an early 2016 shoot for a release the following year, possibly around Valentine's Day.
That means they're still probably about six months away from negotiating anything. Still, we're hoping the studio can keep both Dakota and Jamie happy. We can't wait for the sequel.