Did Former Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Throw All Kinds of Shades at the Fifty Shades of Grey Franchise?

By Anshul Hardikar | 1 year ago
Did Former Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Throw All Kinds of Shades at the Fifty Shades of Grey Franchise?
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Fifty Shades of Grey was an incredibly successful movie. While the movie’s script and the story should be credited for its success, part of it should also be credited to director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s vision.

Taylor-Johnson directed the first part but soon left the film because of an alleged feud with author E.L. James on whose book the movie was based. The director recently opened up about her clash with the author.

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s statement

Mail Online reported that Taylor-Johnson faced problems bringing her vision to life because of her clashes with James. The two often clashed on the sets of the movie, arguing about how to bring the book to the big screen.

The director claimed that she hates confrontation and also does not understand why the author disliked her. Their clashes took a toll on the director that she has no interest left in the franchise.

On being asked if she were given an opportunity to redo Fifty Shades of Grey, would she consider doing it? She clearly expressed that she would hate to do it again. She also clarified that she would never even watch the movie.

Conflict with the author

The whole feud began when Fifty Shades of Grey began filming. While working on the movie, the two would often have disagreements regarding their vision for the movie.

Taylor-Johnson viewed the movie as a dark fairytale and on the other hand, James viewed it as erotic. What is interesting to know is that the director had beaten the likes of Angelina Jolie to direct the movie.

She had even won the approval of the author but things started falling apart during filming. It is also believed that the conflict between the two was so intense that they argued over the last line of the script.

During the scene between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the director wanted Steele to say the couple’s pre-decided safe word “red.” But the author insisted that Steele says the word “stop.”

Decision to walk away

Since her conflict with the author was getting really intense and it was a nightmare to work with her, the director decided to walk away after the release of the first film.

Entertainment Weekly reported that there was a tentative plan for Taylor-Johnson to work on the two sequels of Fifty Shades of Grey. But because the studio first wanted to see the performance of the first movie, that plan never materialized.

The director made the decision to walk away also because the author sought unparalleled creative control over the adaptations.

Sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey

Once Taylor-Johnson parted ways with the franchise, James Foley was brought in to direct the sequel Fifty Shades Darker. He has had a good working relationship with the author and does not know about what went wrong with the previous director’s conflict with the author.

Pedestrian reported that despite Foley taking over from Taylor-Johnson, the sequel’s performance at the box office was not that good. It ended up grossing $200 million less than its predecessor, further hinting that fans are now bored of these movies.

Foley is also serving as the director for the third movie, which is expected to release next year. It will also conclude the trilogy.

Release date

Fifty Shades Freed, the third film in the trilogy will release on Feb. 9 next year.


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About the author

Anshul studied Journalism and Broadcasting before venturing out in Online Media. He likes to read, write and travel when he is not working. He has been a full-time writer for MNG since May 2015.