Things are getting heated on the Fifty Shades of Grey set, and we're not talking about Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson naked and slapping bodies.
Amid rumors that the movie may be watered down to lure in a younger audience (and earn a higher box office gross) comes reports of more tension on set.
E.L. James and the film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson aren't exactly seeing eye to eye, insiders say, with the latter becoming irritated by the former's input.
It all comes down to the sex, says a source of the two butting heads:
"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."
Some say this confrontation was bound to happen sooner or later.
As the director, Taylor-Johnson has to think about the bigger picture in terms of not only her vision, but how the final product will deliver for the studio.
If that means earning a rating that will allow a wider audience to see it, then it's going to be an option. If fans revolt, it might be a bad option ... but it'll be discussed.
It's also a fine line to walk.
Clearly, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson have the chemistry and are ready to go all in, and the book became such a hit because of its racy content.
Being 100 percent true to the book would be an eyefull. It might not translate to the screen, though, when it comes to delivering a box office blockbuster.
Can the two meet in the middle and reach a dual vision by February 13, 2015 (the Fifty Shades release date)? We will find out. In the meantime, vote:
Would you watch a tamer, PG-13 Fifty Shades of Grey?