‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Hires New Director, Replace E.L. James And Sam Taylor-Johnson

By DV Pre | 1 year ago

The sequel to the “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie, “Fifty Shades Darker” is rumored to be directed by E.L. James. Several reports claim that the author of the popular erotic trilogy has just signed on to direct the second movie.

According to Hollywood Life, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James had expressed her interest in directing the sequel. The movie producers, however, were hesitant to give her the job.


“She wants to do it, but the studio obviously sees the nightmares that could come from that,” the insider revealed.

As previously reported, Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be directing the “Fifty Shades Darker” movie, even if the first part of the trilogy had been a blockbuster success. Rumor has it, the director opted to quit because of creative differences between her and James.

The website reported that the film production and James are looking for a new director who is not well known so that they could “keep the cost down.” In addition, James will be able to stir the director to get her vision. It has also been rumored that James’ husband, Niall Leonard will be writing the screenplay for the sequel.

It’s not surprising that the people behind “Fifty Shades Darker” are trying to lower their budget. It was said that Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) are both asking for at least a 7-figure salary to reprise their roles. That’s a big jump given that the duo reportedly earned $250,000 for the first film. Dornan was even said to be offered a starting bonus of $1.5 million to do a full frontal scene in the sequel.

There you have it on the latest news about the “Fifty Shades Darker” movie. Do you think E.L. James should direct the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel? Sound off in the comments below.

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