FIFTY SHADES OF GREY Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits Sequels

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to this year’s smash hit starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

Taylor-Johnson has officially split from the barely-BDSM film franchise adaptation of E L James’ best-selling book trilogy for Universal. She has the following statement for the press:

“Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.”

Both actors are contractually obligated to return, but the hunt for a new director begins. Taylor-Johnson clashed with James while making the film, and her departure is not much of a surprise because the author had the literal last word on the film. Time for Peyton Reed to step in. Lol.

Fifty Shades of Grey has earned $558.6 million at the worldwide box office and was made for just $40 million. The first book of the trilogy was released in 2011 and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Johnson). Subsequent novels in the Fifty Shades series, Darker (2011) and Freed (2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

Adaptation Of E L James’ Novel

Source: Deadline