‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Lost Sam Taylor-Johnson As Its Director
Fifty Shades Of Grey is going to need a new director for the second part of the movie franchise because Sam Taylor-Johnson has jumped ship!
Taylor-Johnson was said to be locked into a contract to direct all three movies in the series, but she has decided to depart from the movies after conflicting with the books’ author E.L. James. There was reportedly friction between the ladies and it ended with James taking on a more involved role in the movie’s production. She said that the first movie basically wasn’t up to snuff when it came to the saucy content and wished to take over screenwriting duties for the second move Fifty Shades Darker so that it could retain its sexy scenes.
With screenwriter Kelly Marcel not returning to adapt the sequel, Universal will now look to find a writer and director to replace the two. Variety first reported that James is very interested in adapting it herself and that U is considering it, but will begin meeting with people before deciding which option is best.
Sources say production is expected to get under way in the first quarter of 2016 with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on board to return.
Taylor-Johnson issued the following statement with regard to her departure from the movies:
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.
There is no release date set for the followup to the widely successful Fifty Shades Of Grey movie.
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