It is official, she’s out!
Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey. It has been reported that the director and author E. L. James had a strained relationship throughout the film's production.
Taylor-John told Vanity Fair magazine, "We battled all the way through. She'd say the same. There were tough times and revelatory times. There were sparring contests. It was definitely not an easy process."
In a parting statement, Taylor-Johnson said that she was grateful to all of the people on and off the camera, most especially Dakota Johnson who played Anastasia Steele and Jamie Dornan who played Christian Grey. She added, “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.”
In addition to Johnson and Dornan, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Luke Grimes, Rita Ora, Max Martini and Eloise Mumford were in the first movie.
Fifty Shades of Grey was produced for only $40 million, but earned a staggering $558.6 million worldwide. The E. L. James novel adaptation is about the seductive and sizzling romance of Anastasia, an ordinary college student, and Grey, a young and freaky billionaire. The Fifty Shades of Grey novel was published in 2011 while sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were published in 2012.
The trilogy, with more than 100 million copies sold worldwide, titillated a lot of readers. It was translated in over 50 languages.
Fortunately, Johnson and Dornan will return for the sequel. The big question is – who will be the new director?