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Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson bows out of franchise

23 hours ago | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey, she announced Wednesday night.

"Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," she said in a statement to industry site Deadline in which she thanked Universal Pictures.

Taylor-Johnson's $40 million adaptation of author E L James' erotic novel has grossed a staggering $558 million worldwide in just six weeks in theatres, but even before the film debuted, rumours circulated that she would not likely be the person ushering Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed to the big screen.

Stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are expected to return for both sequels, which have yet to be officially announced. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson officially turns down Fifty Shades sequels

26 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With a worldwide gross of over $550 million to date, the cinematic version of E.L. JamesFifty Shades of Grey has been a smash hit. But with the two sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed currently in pre-production over at Universal Pictures, it has now been officially announced that director Sam Taylor-Johnson won’t be returning.

In a statement, Taylor-Johnson said:

“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.”

It is no secret that Taylor-Johnson clashed with author James on the set of the first film, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Queen Emilia Clarke Can't Ride Horses But Loves Fruit

26 March 2015 11:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Game of Thrones' Sneak Peek: 10 Things You Need to Know About Season 5 With Season 5 of HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones" less than a month away, the show's stars are hitting the press rounds. Emilia Clarke, who plays "The Mother of Dragons" Daenerys Targaryen, sat down with The Hollywood Reporter to talk "Thrones," auditions and her upcoming role in "Terminator: Genisys" playing (in her words) "Sarah fucking Connor." Here are a few highlights, with the full video below.  Clarke knew "Game of Thrones" was big time because of the excellent produce.When Clarke walked into her first audition for the series, "There was a huge, incredible plateau of fruit," she told THR." I was like, 'Wow, I've arrived. This is a serious audition.'" She's glad she didn't take that "Fifty Shades of Grey" role. Clarke was approached to play the role that eventually went to Dakota Johnson. »

- Casey Cipriani

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'Fifty Shades' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Is Officially Leaving the Franchise

26 March 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

It had been rumored for some time, and now the news is official: Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequels.

In a statement to Deadline, Taylor-Johnson said that she was grateful for the opportunity to direct the flick, and wished filmmakers well on the two upcoming sequels, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed." The director also gave a shout-out to leads Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, with whom she said she forged a close bond.

The statement, in full:

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 »

- Katie Roberts

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Emilia Clarke turned down Fifty Shades of Grey over nudity concerns

26 March 2015 6:48 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emilia Clarke has revealed that she turned down a chance to star in Fifty Shades of Grey over nudity concerns.

The Game of Thrones actress said that she had "no regrets" about passing on the role of Anastasia Steele, which eventually went to Dakota Johnson.

The actress, who plays Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO drama, admitted that she did meet with director Sam Taylor-Johnson to discuss the possibility of appearing in the film, but did not go any further.

"I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labelled for doing it again", she told The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress has previously done nude scenes in Game of Thrones, and also appeared naked on stage as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's.

She admitted that the brief nudity in the play was "a bit bonkers", but said of Game of Thrones: "There are other women who remove items of clothing on our show, »

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'Fifty Shades' Director Out

26 March 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"Fifty Shades of Grey" has lost its true master!

After much speculation, director Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed she will not return for the sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker."

Dakota Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Jamie Dornan on the set of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ (Universal)

"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, ...

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Officially Exits Franchise

26 March 2015 6:10 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Confirming what many had long assumed to be the case, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson officially confirmed last night that she will not be returning to the kinky world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for sequel Fifty Shades Darker.

Though her polished direction was one of the only universally praised aspects of the massively popular erotica adaptation, Taylor-Johnson was reportedly left exhausted – and feeling like she never wanted to make a movie again – by on-set battles with book author E.L. James, whose contract with Universal gave her unprecedented creative control over the film. In essence, the director was creatively handcuffed by James, who had firm opinions about everything from how much sex was on display to the color of a character’s dress in a particular scene. Sometimes, it got tense between the two, and it makes sense that Taylor-Johnson wouldn’t want to go through that ordeal again for another installment. »

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Director Sam Taylor-Johnson & Writer Kelly Marcel Won't Return For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Sequel

26 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As Universal tries to put together the pieces for the sequel to the massive, $555 million-plus worldwide hit "Fifty Shades Of Grey," they're going to have to do it without the film's writer and director. And for anyone who followed the drama around the making of the movie, all they will likely say is, "Well, duh." The Wrap reports that Sam Taylor-Johnson and Kelly Marcel won't return for "Fifty Shades Darker," and it's hardly a surprise. Taylor-Johnson clashed with author E.L. James throughout the production, and given that the writer wants to pen the script for the sequel on her own (while the studio is not keen on it), it's perhaps not a surprise that Marcel also doesn't want to deal with that situation. So, where does this leave things? Well, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are contractually bound (ha) to return, though they are angling for more money (another item »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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"Fifty Shades Darker" Needs New Director

26 March 2015 5:23 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson has made it official - she will not be returning to direct the second instalment of the franchise adaptation of E. L. James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy at Universal Pictures. In a statement to Deadline, Taylor-Johnson says:

"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."

Taylor-Johnson reportedly bristled over being creatively handcuffed due to author E.L. James involvement, which led to speculation long before the film came out that she wouldn't return. Kelly Marcel adapted the script.

There is no official word on a replacement helmer »

- Garth Franklin

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for sequel

26 March 2015 4:50 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of erotic drama Fifty Shades of Grey, will not return to direct its planned two sequels.

In a statement, first published on Deadline, Taylor-Johnson said: “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.”

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are expected to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the next film, Fifty Shades Darker, scheduled for release in 2017.

Based on El James’s 2011 best-seller, the film about a young businessman who begins a sadomasochistic affair with a student has made close to $560m (£375m) at the global box office »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Sam Taylor-Johnson Won't Direct the Fifty Shades of Grey Sequel

25 March 2015 9:53 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

It's official: Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Despite the film's success, Taylor-Johnson has dropped out amid rumors that she didn't get along with the book's author, E L James. However, there was no bad blood expressed in the statement she released, which said, "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. 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." It appears that her relationships with stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are also still intact, with Taylor-Johnson posting this cute Instagram with Dornan on the »

- Shannon-Vestal

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50 Shades of Grey: Sam Taylor-Johnson won't direct sequel

25 March 2015 6:39 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has announced that she is not returning to direct the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel will also not be involved with the project, which is currently planned for a 2016 release. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are on board to return.

"While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three," Taylor-Johnson said in a statement.

"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."

Reports have suggested that author El James wants greater creative control over the movie series, causing Taylor-Johnson to eventually decide to leave. The two »

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Not Return for Sequels

25 March 2015 6:34 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has officially split from the barely-bdsm franchise, and will not return to direct the sequels starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. This is expected news. Taylor-Johnson famously clashed with series creator E.L. James during production on the first film, and given the conditions James laid out in her contract, the author had the literal last word on the film. Further, James recently demanded to pen the script for the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, which I imagine definitively squashed any desire Taylor-Johnson may have had to direct the sequel after her experience on the first film. Given the notorious conflict between the creators, today's news comes as a confirmation of what many have long-speculated. Taylor-Johnson commented on her departure 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. »

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'Fifty Shades' Director Won't Return for 'Darker' Sequel

25 March 2015 6:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in February, just a few days after Fifty Shades of Grey opened in theaters, a report surfaced that claimed director Sam Taylor-Johnson is not coming back to direct the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Screenwriter Kelly Marcel is also not expected to come back, since author E.L. James is reportedly demanding to write the screenplay herself. The sequel still doesn't have an official green light yet, but today, Sam Taylor-Johnson issued an statement to Deadline that confirms she is parting ways with the Fifty Shades franchise. Here's what she had to say below.

"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 (Johnson) and Jamie (Dornan). While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I »

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Shakeup: Sam Taylor-Johnson, Kelly Marcel Not Returning for Sequel

25 March 2015 6:13 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel “Fifty Shades Darker,” and screenwriter Kelly Marcel is not expected to return either. The shakeups are happening despite the first film making over $500 million for Universal at the worldwide box office. The steamy blockbuster features Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Bdsm enthusiasts Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, respectively, and has broken a number of records since its impressive Valentine’s Day weekend debut, when it opened at No. 1 in 54 territories. Also Read: 21 Movie Sequels That Took Forever to Hit the Big Screen (Photos) Both Dornan and Johnson are contractually. »

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Won't Direct Sequel

25 March 2015 6:11 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed Fifty Shades of Grey, is not returning to direct the movie's sequel. "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," she said in a statement released today. She said of the hit movie starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, "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

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Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Not Direct ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

25 March 2015 5:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Several reports, including one from Variety, said Taylor-Johnson had been looking to move on from the franchise, with sources saying constant arguments with author E.L. James over the direction of the film during its production forced Taylor-Johnson to reconsider her options.

With screenwriter Kelly Marcel not returning to adapt the sequel, Universal will now look to find a writer and director to replace the two. Variety first reported that James is very interested in adapting it herself and that U is considering it, but will begin meeting with people before deciding which option is best.

Sources say production is expected to get under way in the first quarter of 2016 with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson on board to return.

Since opening over Valentine’s Day weekend, “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a worldwide hit, »

- Justin Kroll

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Emilia Clarke Has "No Regrets" About Turning Down "Fifty Shades of Grey"

25 March 2015 3:45 PM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Could you imagine Emilia Clarke playing Anastasia Steele?! The "Game of Thrones" stunner admits she turned down the racy role in "Fifty Shades of Grey," and despite it's success, she has "no regrets" about her decision to opt out. The British beauty was originally considered for the coveted part, but It ultimately went to Dakota Johnson. "I'd done nudity before and was concerned with being labeled for doing it again," the actress told The Hollywood Reporter in the mag's latest cover story. Even though she passed on the super sexy flick, Clarke did choose to step into another high-profile role: Sarah Connor in "Terminator Genisys," which hits theaters on July 1.  While she certainly is making a name for herself on the big screen, she is most famous for her role as Queen Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones." The HBO mega-hit launches its fifth season on April 12  -- and Emilia »

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Why Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke Passed On Fifty Shades Of Grey

25 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Emilia Clarke has revealed that she turned down the role of Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Of Grey because she didn.t want to be recognized for constantly doing nudity. Throughout the opening seasons of Game Of Thrones Emilia Clarke regularly went buff, and she.s now explained that she doesn.t plan on doing so for a role in the near future. During her chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Emilia Clarke revealed that she was approached to take the leading role in Fifty Shades Of Grey ahead of Dakota Johnson. However, she ultimately decided to turn the project down. And even though the adaptation has gone on to gross over $550 million at the box office, Clake insists that she has, "No regrets." The actress admitted that she had two meetings with director Sam Taylor-Johnson about starring in Fifty Shades Of Grey, but even though she was curious about the »

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Vin Diesel Predicts Furious 7 Will Win an Oscar

25 March 2015 7:59 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

The actor admits it's the hardest movie he's ever made - Et Regis Philbin says he hasn't seen Kelly Ripa since he left the show - Us Weekly A billionaire heiress was photobombed by North West - Gossip Girl This artist will headline Lollapalooza for the first time - HuffPost Celebrity Inside Scott Disick's decision to go to rehab - Ok! Dakota Johnson is spotted at Lax - Lainey Gossip Evan Peters's cutest commercials from the 2000s - BuzzFeed Miranda Kerr channels Dirty Dancing in a hilarious photo - People Keira Knightley talks about her decision to go topless for a shoot - AskMen »

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