‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits on Movie’s Sequels

By Florida Mae Acampado | 3 years ago
‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits on Movie’s Sequels
Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood at the Kick-Ass Premiere in London

As ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ ended its reign on the movie screens, viewers are all up to watching its sequels sometime soon. But some changes may be expected, as reports say that director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel have decided to quit on the job. Read on for more details.

Deadline reports that Taylor-Johnson is no longer on board to direct the two sequels of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” In her exclusive statement, she tells of directing the movie being such an experience. Through it, she formed good, lasting relationships with the people involved in it, especially with the movie’s stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. In conclusion, she said that even though she will no longer take part in the sequels, she wishes it success all the same.

In addition to Taylor-Johnson leaving the ‘Fifty Shades’ sequels, TheWrap also reported that Marcel has also backed out from the movie. And as of now, both positions are still placed up for grabs by Universal.

Taylor-Johnson’s leaving has been rather expected for some time now, as it has been previously reported that she and E.L. James, the writer of the erotica novel the movie was based from, have been at odds with each during the movie’s production. Unlike some novelists whose books have also been adapted into movies, James strongly wants to take part in the movie, thus causing a clash between the novel writer and the director.

In the case with Marcel, Variety reported that she and James worked together to make the first draft of the script. After they submitted it, they were told to revise the story by toning down the sexual content to make it focus more on the romance. This apparently started the clashes between the two, which later led to having Patrick Marber come in to help out.

Universal still has not released a tentative release dated for the sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed.” Due to these pre-production problems, it is speculated that the movie may have to take some time off until a new director and screenwriter are found.

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