Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Abandons ’50 Shades of Grey’ Sequels? | Film News
With erotic drama 50 Shades of Grey raking in the big bucks at the box office, you’d imagine director Sam Taylor-Johnson would be pretty pleased with the opportunity to keep working within the soon-to-be franchise, despite the less than positive critic reviews. However, if the rumours are true, the Nowhere Boy director could be ditching the fetish fueled romp series due to reported tensions between Taylor-Johnson and the books writer E.L. James.
The Sun reported that, despite claims that the director has signed on for the sequels, shes’s considering leaving the project due to constant clashes with James, on and off the set. Per The Sun, a senior film insider told reporter Dan Wootton that; “Sam won’t be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision. Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film”.
When writer James signed on to a £3 million deal with Universal and Focus Film, giving them the rights to her trio of books, she was also given creative control over the flicks’ content, could this be the reason her and Taylor-Johnson are butting heads? While nothing is confirmed, I’d be shocked if they didn’t decide to make any more movies, the film’s already made a killing and the die hard fans would go nuts if they took Mr.Grey, Jamie Dornan, off screen. In saying that, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to happen if Taylor-Johnson walked away. The direction felt lazy and lackluster but perhaps this was down to creative differences with James?