The film adaptation of the controversial novel Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James, has gotten a director! Sam Taylor-Johnson has landed the much-talked-about job. She has only directed a handful of short films according to her IMDB page, but the page also lists that “she was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for her services to the Arts. She is an artist and photographer.” She’s most well known for the 2009 film Nowhere Boy, which starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson as John Lennon. Random fact: She’s married to actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass, Anna Karenina), and has two children with him!
To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest selling book series ever. “Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship. While I’m not a fan of the novels, I am curious about what they’re going to do with this movie. I think having a female director gives the film a nice angle, don’t you?
Sam Taylor Johnson:
“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen,” said Taylor-Johnson. “For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too.”
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. 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.”
I'm delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of Fifty Shades of Grey.
— E L James (@E_L_James) June 19, 2013