'Fifty Shades' Movie Gets a Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
We've been following news of Fifty Shades' journey to the screen for some time now, from Bret Easton Ellis' real or provocatively made-up involvement with the screenplay—he's no longer attached either way—to Gus Van Sant shooting a test reel in a bid to win the director's chair.
Now comes word from SlashFilm that a director has been announced: Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose only other film was 2009's John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. Rumors were abound that Taylor-Johnson's husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Lennon in Nowhere Boy, Kick-Ass, the upcoming Godzilla reboot), might play Christian Grey, but those reports were quickly squashed.
Taylor-Johnson is the third female member of the crew, joining producer Dana Brunetti and screenwriter Kelly Marcel. Of course, Fifty Shades was written by female author E.L. James, so it's nice to see a major Hollywood production mostly controlled by women.
Deadline New York posted a statement from producer Michael De Luca on the decision to hire Taylor-Johnson:
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. E.L. 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.
No cast information is available at this time, so feel free to speculate wildly. I haven't read the books, so I'll just say James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal...oh wait.
Who would you cast? Or do you care?
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