A new report suggests that Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James had a very specific idea of what did she want the last word of the film to be, and she fought to have it her way.

Warning: This article contains minor spoilers about the film’s ending.

Sources close to the film project have revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that when people head to the theaters on February 13 to watch Fifty Shades, they’ll be shown an ending chosen by E.L. James, rather than the vision that the movie’s director Sam Taylor-Johnson had originally planned.

The first book in the trilogy ends after Anastasia Steele asks Christian Grey, her lover, to give her a good shellacking during sex. When he does so, she recoils and leaves him.

James wrote the original film script and she wanted the final word of the movie to be “stop.” Later on when Patrick Marber rewrote the screenplay, she changed it to “red,” which in the story is used as the couple’s “safe word.” And that’s the word preferred by Taylor-Johnson.

“It ended on a really smart note and Erika wouldn’t allow it,” said one insider. “It’s just a bummer.”

It is no secret that both women indeed had their differences. In a recent interview with Porter, Sam Taylor Johnson spoke about the struggle of working with E.L. James. “It was difficult, I’m not going to lie,” she said. “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 on-screen, but, you know, we got there.”

Even though it can sound like a very small thing to fight over, we do understand the creative appeal of using the word “red” for the very end. It would be ideal for fans to be able to watch both versions of the scene and decide for themselves what do they prefer, but being such a small difference, we highly doubt Sam’s version can even make it into the Blu-ray’s deleted scenes.

We’ll have to take it as it is.


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