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Sam Taylor-Johnson officially not directing ‘Fifty Shades’ sequel
Universal Pictures is officially in need of a new director for its follow-up to box office behemoth “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sam Taylor-Johnson has formally split from the franchise that has earned over half a billion dollars worldwide with its first film since its Valentine’s Day release.
There was speculation that Taylor-Johnson would not return after she openly discussed clashes with “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, who was given a large amount of creative control on the film. James is seeking complete control over the “Fifty Shades Darker” script by writing it herself.
Taylor-Johnson said in a statement to Deadline, “Directing ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.” — Emily Rome