Sam Taylor-Johnson Set to Direct the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie
The discussion is over - we have a victor. Deadline is reporting that Sam Taylor-Johnson, formerly Sam Taylor-Wood of Nowhere Boy, is directing the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation in the works at Universal with Dana Brunetti & Michael De Luca producing. After rumors and try outs around directors like Gus Van Sant and Joe Wright, it's being reported her job "has been secured." She is married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, of Kick-Ass fame, and as some have already started speculating it's likely he is in the running for the lead role of the 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey. We have yet to hear any casting confirmations, though rumors are sure to kick up now that the director is set and things are moving along on this project.
No other details about the hotly anticipated adaptation were revealed, just that Taylor-Johnson is directing. Here's the statement from producer Michael De Luca: "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life." He adds, "EL James' characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed, and Sam is a natural fit." Taylor-Johnson was a photographer before making her directing debut, and broke out with a fantastic short called Love You More from 2008, before directing the Beatles film Nowhere Boy in 2009, which starred (then) Aaron Johnson. She is a very talented director and will hopefully make a great film out of this story.
EL James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and its two sequels have sold over 70 million copies worldwide, about the highly sexual relationship between literature student Anastasia Steele and the "handsome, yet tormented, billionaire" Christian Grey. It was set for an adaptation a year ago and has been in development since, in search of a director to take on the screenplay adapted by Kelly Marcel (of Saving Mr. Banks, "TerraNova"). We'll be curious to see what happens next with this now that Taylor-Johnson is set, but in the meantime, if you haven't seen her film Nowhere Boy, I recommend checking it out (it's on Netflix Instant).