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Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson reportedly want much bigger paychecks for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, both actors are looking to land sizable raises for the sequel to their hit box office flick based on E.L. James' sex novel. So how much money do Johnson and Dornan want? The trade reports the duo are hoping to negotiate seven-figure raises to get back in the Red Room of Pain.
"It was a very basic franchise starter deal," an insider said of Johnson and Dornan's contracts. "Look at Twilight and Hunger Games, and that's where it is heading."
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THR reports the 32-year-old hunk and the 25-year-old brunette beauty were each paid $250,000 for the first Fifty Shades film (plus box-office bonuses).
In light of the actors' raises, Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti told THR he is looking to keep the first film's $40 million budget the same for the sequel.
"That was the great thing about this film—we knew we were going to be able to make stars," he said. "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."
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