Jamie Dornan & Dakota went back for ‘Fifty Shades’ reshoots: a bad sign?

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I almost always think it’s a bad sign for a film when producers and directors feel the need to go back for weeks of reshoots. Maybe that’s unfair to filmmakers, and maybe sometimes the reshoots are necessary pickups when something was miscalculated with the story or production or whatever. But most of the time, I do think reshoots belie a bigger problem with the film. Granted, World War Z has TONS of expensive reshoots, but they ended up with a decent film and a huge international hit. So maybe it’s worth it in the long term… sometimes.

So… here are some new photos from the Vancouver set of Fifty Shades of Grey. They’re doing reshoots and pick-ups or whatever you want to call it. The production wrapped months ago, we’ve already seen the first trailer, and the film is still scheduled for release in February. But something was wrong with the film. So Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson flew into Vancouver a few days ago and now they’re back to playing Christian and Anastasia.

Although we love seeing Jamie in his Christian Grey get-up, we can’t help but wonder why the cast is doing reshoots in the first place? Did something go wrong?!

A source tells E! News, “They are still editing. They are happy so far with the way things are going. They are shooting fillers, having to add some more material. [E.L. James] did not feel there was enough, even though she is happy with everything so far.”

As for the two stars, the insider adds, “Jamie and Dakota are super relaxed and no issues as of yet on set. Everything is going good.” Whew! There was no response from the studio.

[From E! News]

Um, E.L. James was unsatisfied?! Who cares if she’s unhappy? I mean, she’s the producer on the film, of course, and she was given a lot of control. But this is still Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film, correct? Sam is still in charge of things, right? Ugh, this film is going to be such a mess. Here’s the trailer again – let’s see if we can figure out what parts of the trailer aren’t even going to make the final cut of the film:

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  1. Seapharris7 says:

    The book was a stolen pile of poop, I can’t wait for this movie to flop. Ladies, if you want to read erotica, find something better than a blantan rip off of Twilight with the descriptions an 8-year-old would write. My goddess felt something “down there”…

    • Jess says:

      When I read these books I kept picturing Edward and Bella but I didn’t know at the time that it was twilight fanfic! It is awful, but it’s going to be awfully fun watch to watch, think it will reach showgirls level of terrible and I can’t wait, lol.

      • Seapharris7 says:

        That’s really the only silver lining in this, a “Showgirls” caliber of bad that Michael K at Dlisted will rip to shreds

    • Reece says:

      I started going thru the different ways one could say your last line in my head.
      My goddess felt something “down there”…???
      My goddess felt something *dramatic pause* “down there”…
      My goddess felt something *whispering* “down there”…
      *overly excited Valley Girl* My goddess felt something “down there”…
      lol

    • starrywonder says:

      Yeah I hated this book. A horrible fanfic of Twilight (and that’s saying something) with no understanding of BDSM at all.

      • Seapharris7 says:

        It is actually insulting to the BDSM community laced with stereotypes they already have to fight against. Oh, you were abused by your drugged up mother’s pimp? That’s why you like to beat up women that look like her! Oh, you were molested by your mother’s friend? That’s why BDSM is what you like! It’s painfully obvious EL James couldn’t even bother to research ANYTHING about ANYTHING in her book.

      • Grace says:

        @ starrywonder @ Seapharris7

        I felt the same way when I had a look at the book and thought ‘you can’t be serious’, but I am curious. Is this the public opinion? Has someone in the community openly said anything about she has no clue what she’s writing about?

    • Melly M says:

      It is such an unbelievably stupid and lazily written book, but 45 million copies of the trilogy were sold in the US. The books were also translated into more than 50 languages. (I found these figures in “The Guardian”.)
      How could that happen? It’s really sad.
      (By the way, no, I didn’t buy it, but read all of Jenny Trout’s recaps.)

      • Seapharris7 says:

        That’s one of the bloggers I read! It’s really the only way to read that horrible book(s)

      • Stephanie says:

        Jenny Trout’s recap were comedic gold. I highly recommend them. Thanks to CB for linking to her blog once upon a time!

        On another note, Jamie Dornan is HOT.

      • Fue McCormick says:

        You have to remember that most people are a “C” average and the “C”s, “D”s, and “F”s bought the book. The “B”s and “A” are too smart for that drivel …

      • Grace says:

        The real tragedy is this book (or series, I am not even sure) sold more than Harry Potter on Amazon.

  2. aims says:

    Let’s be honest, no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig, it’s still a pig.

  3. yael says:

    i saw the trailer for the first time when i went to see gone girl. i laughed out loud almost the whole way through it, in a packed theatre. what an embarrassment this movie is going to be/already is.

    • Seapharris7 says:

      When the first relatively known actor bailed, and the cast ended up with no real named stars… Lipstick on a pig.

    • pam says:

      My friends and I saw this for the first time, too, when we went to see Gone Girl. The audience, and this is true, burst out laughing during the trailer. Someone yelled “You suck!” while another yelled “Boo! I want to see Gone Girl!” Then, towards the end of the trailer, someone asked “Does he kill her?” They made it seems as though this movie is about Christian ‘serial killer’ Grey and his new victim, Ana ‘dough brain’ Steele. Though, it is fitting that the release date is Friday the thirteenth, so make what you will of it. If the marketing genius’ think that the Gone Girl audience is their target audience then they are clearly delusional. Erika Leonard couldn’t write a good book if her life depended on it. By the way, what the hell is Dakota Johnson wearing when she goes to the interview in the opening scene of the trailer. She looks like she stepped out of a Walmart catalogue. Ana lives with her rich roommate, Kate, right? She couldn’t be bothered to borrow said roommate’s clothes, hairbrush, or mirror. What girl goes to an interview looking the way she does? I’m 26 yrs old and my friends and I are constantly borrowing each others clothes when we need to. If someone can please explain why Kate would give Ana this very important interview instead of calling her editor. Or a fellow staff writer to replace her. Perhaps she should try to reschedule, because I feel like she has other options than brainless Ana. Finally, I don’t know if this rumor is true, but the film, apparently, didn’t go over well with test audiences. So, who knows?

      • Seapharris7 says:

        I’m actually pretty sure she “borrowed” that from Kate. But more importantly, how does an ENGLISH MAJOR in college not have a computer? Or even an email address? And, yes, I will completely judge you if you say you actually enjoyed these books. Unless you read the book through bloggers who mocked it to death, I cannot figure out how you would enjoy a clearly abusive rich douchenozzle match up with a self described asexual idiot. Throw in some child abuse & incompetent killer that somehow spanned 3 books sprinkled with $20 words that normal (especially Americans) do not use.

      • Deb says:

        LOL…great story. You know what I find most distracting about the trailer? Dakota Johnson’s eye bags. How is that someone her age can look so chronically tired? She looks older than the character she is supposed to be portraying. I am over 10 years older than her, and I don’t even have bags and lines like that.

      • Isadora says:

        @Deb: I doubt she led a very hard life until now (or she would have been very prominent on gossip sites for her escapades given her parents), so I guess it’s genetics. So I feel it’s kind of unfair to pick on her for what she can hardly influence, some people get wrinkles earlier, some get them later. Let’s pick on her acting skills (if she lacks in that department) and the total idiocy of the story instead. ;)

  4. Abbott says:

    You can’t polish a turd.

  5. kennedy says:

    I am so glad Charlie Hunnam dropped out. This would have ruined his career. Poor Jamie.

  6. Jaderu says:

    Any movie based on a book with the line “‘Argh!’ I cry as I feel a weird pinching sensation deep inside me as he rips through my virginity.” needs all the filler it can get. Like, just scrap the script and just have a movie of filler. It will be better. 2 hours of filler.
    FILLER
    The Movie

    • Kiddo says:

      Sex-ay….in cartoon world.

    • mia girl says:

      Maybe they went back to film the tapon scene.
      It is afterall E.L. James’ most compelling contribution to the literary arts.

    • Other Kitty says:

      She cried “Argh…”

      Really? That sentence was really in the book? Bwhajahaaaaa

      I only read the first chapter free on my Kindle to see how bad it really was! I read the Amazon reviews instead of the book. Pretty awesome!!!

    • Grace says:

      Let’s hope she’s made enough money so she’d NEVER write again.

  7. FingerBinger says:

    Re-shoots aren’t necessarily a bad sign. It does mean that certain parts of the film didn’t go over well with test audiences.

    • gefeylich says:

      It’s a terrible sign. It’s only acceptable if an actor dies during production or post-production. However, as no one is expecting anything good from this POS, I’m wondering why they’re bothering at all.

      Unfortunately, I think this stupid film is going to make a lot of money, at least in its first few days. Then no one will see it.

      • Isadora says:

        I think a LOT of people will watch it out of curiosity. But I can’t imagine people buying it on DVD. *lol*

  8. Etheldreda says:

    Am I the only one who gets Henry Cavill vibes from Jamie Dornan?

    As in, physically he’s a near-perfect specimen. But somehow he has no sex appeal whatsoever.

    • Anname says:

      I think Dornan has more charisma than Cavill, but I only know Dornan from his interviews (Graham Norton springs to mind). The only thing I liked Cavill in was The Tudors, other than that, he doesn’t register onscreen with me too much. It’s almost unfair to judge Dornan’s charisma factor based on this movie though, Christian Gray is such a horrible role to play.

    • Tig says:

      Have to respectfully disagree- while Henry C is way too easy on the eyes( tho prefer Tudors HC to Superman HC) he has no charisma, at least not in the interviews I have seen. Jamie D, on the other hand, is just too funny and witty- he’ll kill on the promo tour, as long as he’s not tied to a certain narrative( yes, bad pun, couldn’t resist). Wish they would let Jamie go The Fall levels of dark, but know that won’t happen in this film.

      • Anname says:

        Lol, Tig, we wrote basically the same thing :)

      • Josefa says:

        I have yet to see the inmense ammount of charisma and wit this dude is supposed to have. In the interviews I’ve seen he seems like an average nice guy who happens to be unhealthily gorgeous.

    • InVain says:

      ^ THIS

  9. chaine says:

    i don’t think this movie is doomed to failure. every woman i know who has read the book, which is a decent percentage of women i know, is all hyped up that there is going to be a movie of it, and they’re all planning to take their husbands to see it and/or have a GNO to see it.

    • Seapharris7 says:

      I pity the men that will be dragged to this hot mess on Valentines. Guys, you’d probably still get laid with a nice meal & some jewelry. Save yourself the headache.

      • starrywonder says:

        I am eating lunch and just choked. And yeah who the hell is taking their husband/bf to see this train wreck? Yes baby I am all about you verbally abusing me and we can watch two people do BDSM wrong.

      • Alex says:

        I also feel bad for the guys that will be dragged to this movie. I already silently judge my friends for READING this book and I already told some that there is no way I’m seeing this movie. So I feel for the guys…yikes

      • Isadora says:

        And I thought the Twilight guys had horrible luck. At least they got to see some CGI werewolves.

        On the other hand I know a handful of guys that can sleep through an entire movie and just wake-up during the end credits. And their wifes/gfs will probably “reward” them.

  10. Fefe says:

    I think it will be fine. I’m gonna watch it, I read the books… I don’t understand all the hate. You don’t like it, don’t read it, don’t watch it. People here loooooove to trash things.

    • gefeylich says:

      The “hate” comes from the fact that everything about 50 Shades is fraudulent. It also shows that the majority of women in the US are morons with no taste or discernment whatsoever, and will spend their money on the worst possible crap imaginable. 50 Shades is the “literary” equivalent to admiring the Kardashians for their “klass” and “style.”

    • Isadora says:

      “You don’t like it, don’t read it, don’t watch it.” Well… the problem is that you have to read it to see if you like it, right? At least one book of the trilogy or some chapters.

  11. Jill says:

    Reshoots are common. Much ado about nothing.

  12. mernymerlyn says:

    I couldn’t get through even the first book but I am going to hate watch the crap out of it! Sneak wine into the theatre with my girlfriends and have to drink every time she bites her lip.
    Which means we will have bloody lips in the first 20 minutes.

  13. FLORC says:

    What a mess. It will be a hatewatch.
    Worst move to let the lady who wrote this on her phone to have such sway. Especially since she isn’t experienced in how things translate into film.

    • Abbott says:

      This is the best thing to happen to hatewatchers since Glitter. Y’all don’t understand the cinematic gift we’re being given!

      • PunkyMomma says:

        ^True. This movie is going to provide my inner goddess with the proverbial endless cornucopia of delicious snark.

  14. mollie says:

    I predict that this movie will be a flop of the likes of “Showgirls”.

  15. Insomniac says:

    Weird. I saw that one picture of Dakota Johnson and thought “She looks a lot like Kristen Stewart in that picture.” And then I remembered that Dakota is playing a cheap Bella Swan knockoff, and it all made sense.

  16. Chelsea says:

    I’m going to support the movie just because a woman directed it. As for the source material, I see it as being no better or worse than some Nicholas Sparks dreck. I’m sure whomever adapted this for film will do a better job with the dialogue than EL James.

  17. Allie says:

    Jaime is so incredibly good looking. I just want to sob knowing that he has a wife and baby.

  18. lucy2 says:

    The only way I’ll be watching this is if the Rifftrax/MST3K guys take a crack at it.

  19. Anon33 says:

    That man is so goddamned gorgeous that I’m going to have to see the movie regardless of how bad it’s going to be…

    For the people who don’t see his sexiness, google “Jamie Dornan beard” and see if you change your mind! He looks so much better with scruff IMO

  20. Yeah says:

    You’re kidding yourselves if you don’t think this movie will be a big hit. I’m not saying it will be critically acclaimed or even that I’m going to see it, but it will not flop. Mark my words.

    • Josefa says:

      I’m pretty sure this movie will go the same route as the saga it ripped off – all movies will be panned by critics, yet the monstruous cult following it has will be more than enough to make it a financial success. It’s not like Twilight was any less of a mess.

    • Grace says:

      Sadly, you are most likely right.

    • Isadora says:

      While I think this will be a financial success, I don’t think it will be huge like Twilight, tbh. It seems to me that people were much faster over 50SOG than Twilight. Also Twilight had a younger target audience who were not ashamed at all to be fans of the series, go multiple times to the theatres and buy a shitload of merchandise – and even Twilight is kind of over now. I don’t think it’s the same for 50SOG, is it?

  21. Irene says:

    Not that I think this movie will be any good, but I think reshoots are pretty common these days? Especially for a high-profile movie. I’m pretty sure I read that Marvel schedules reshoots before they even begin filming because they know they’re gonna have to clean stuff up once the studio sees the semi-finished product.

  22. Jessica says:

    Reshoots are common, especially for big budget fair. It’s not a bad sign. I still think the movie will be terrible, but not because they had to do reshoots.

  23. Nibbi says:

    I think it is going to be a gigantic smash hit. Nobody who knows anything about the books will be expecting high cinematic art …. but good lord i plan to see it for the eye candy alone