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Sam Taylor-Johnson quits Fifty Shades franchise

27 March 2015 7:33 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the next movie in the 'Fifty Shades' franchise. The 48-year-old film-maker helmed 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and was in pole position to direct 'Fifty Shades Darker', but has decided to walk away from the much-discussed franchise after she was involved in a number of disagreements with author E.L. James, who wrote the best-selling books. She told Us Weekly: ''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 wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.'' Taylor-Johnson recently confessed she found it tough working with E.L. James on the movie. »

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

26 March 2015 2:38 PM, PDT | 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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Fifty Shades Of Grey Director Officially Splits From Fifty Shades Darker

26 March 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

We recently reported that despite the fact that Fifty Shades of Grey had earned gobs of money at the international box office (tallying $558 million worldwide), there had been no real conversation regarding an adaptation of E.L. James. second novel, Fifty Shades Darker. As it turns out, that was only half true. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about the sequel, and has determined that she wants absolutely nothing to do with it. Sam Taylor-Johnson officially has announced that she will not return to helm Fifty Shades Darker, according to a statement released to Deadline. The director took a diplomatic tact, thanking everyone at the studio for their support and wishing the franchise nothing but luck as she washed her hands of the potential series. Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal »

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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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The Reason the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Worked Won’t Be Around for the Sequels

26 March 2015 6:30 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

It's no secret that Sam Taylor-Johnson has had a rocky relationship with Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James. The two have fought for months about who'll have creative control over the film franchise's next two installments, with James demanding that she get to write the script for both sequels. It now appears the two won't have to clash any longer, as Taylor-Johnson has confirmed to Deadline that she's officially exiting the series as director: "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." And while Jamie Dornan »

- Dee Lockett

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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. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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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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The Fifty Shades Of Grey Sequel Is Looking For A New Director

26 March 2015 3:20 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Even as it was stomping it's way towards a $558.6 million pay day at the world wide box office, and critical panning, something was rotten in the state of Fifty Shades of Grey, with word reaching us that director Sam Taylor-Johnson clashed with the original novel's author E.L. James during production on the movie. For an author, James had unprecedented creative control over the production, and apparently she wasn't too happy with Johnson and screen writer Kelly Marcel's attempts to veer away from the source material. With the author demanding even more control over the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, including writing the script, rumours were swirling that Johnson would not be returning, and it turns out they were true, with the director revealing she is officially off the project. Johnson's very diplomatic official statement comes through Deadline, where she says: "Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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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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There's No Bad Blood Between Sam Taylor-Johnson and Jamie Dornan

25 March 2015 8:46 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Sam Taylor-Johnson announced on Wednesday that she will not be returning to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey. Sam told Us Weekly that "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. 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." Before the film's February release, Sam revealed that it was "difficult" to work with the book's author, E L James, though it's clear there's no bad blood between Sam and the film's star, Jamie Dornan. The duo posed for an Instagram snap that Sam posted as news was released on Wednesday. »

- Lauren-Turner

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Sam Taylor-Johnson Not Returning to Direct 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Sequel

25 March 2015 7:47 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's not a surprise, but Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to this year's smash hit Fifty Shades of Grey, which is now over $558 million worldwide on a miniscule budget of only $40 million. The reports of Taylor-Johnson's head-butting with "Fifty Shades" author E.L. James were commonplace ahead of the film's release and James has even said she wants more control over the next film, including writing the screenplay herself as the first film was written by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) who is also confirmed to not be returning. Added to this is the equally unsurprising news Dakotah Johnson and Jamie Dornan want pay raises above the $250,000 they each received for the first film. Both are contractually obligated to return, but I fully expect those contracts to be renegotiated before the sequel gets underway. The Wrap amz asin="B00NCDVVLY" size="large" »

- Brad Brevet

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Universal Takes New Direction for 'Darker,' 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

25 March 2015 6:38 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Universal is raising glasses of champagne to celebrate the grosses of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has totaled  $164 million domestic and $558 million worldwide.In an all-too familiar pattern, the first film's director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is not returning for the sequel. This is not news; she was open about her tussles with author E.L. James on the direction of the movie adaptation. Taylor-Johnson has established herself as a director of a commercial hit and is fielding plenty of offers. Universal is seeking a new writer to replace Kelly Marcel--James herself is under consideration, reports Variety-- as well as a new director for the sequel. One producer, Michael De Luca, is now running production at Sony. The other, Dana Brunetti, has been holding off his returning stars' demands for substantial salary boosts. Universal motion picture chairman Donna Langley has been running the show on this franchise. It seems premature to imagine what schedule this movie. »

- Anne Thompson

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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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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, »

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‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Formally Splits From Franchise

25 March 2015 5:53 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Sam Taylor-Johnson has made official what many suspected. She will not return for the second installment of the film franchise adaptation of E L James’ best-selling Fifty Shades Of Grey book trilogy for Universal. In an exclusive statement to 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… »

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This Peek at Fifty Shades of Grey's Unrated Edition Teases an Alternate Ending!

24 March 2015 1:47 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Can't get enough of Fifty Shades of Grey? Good, because there's even more that you didn't get to see in the theater. The unrated edition will be available on Digital HD May 1 and Blu-ray on May 8. Not only will new scenes be in there, but there will also be an alternate ending! Take a look at the teaser below to hear commentary from E L James and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. It's just the tip of the iceberg; the DVD copy will have tons of extra content, including featurettes on the characters, a behind-the-scenes look, and the "Earned It" music video. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Fifty Shades Of Grey Blu-Ray Trailer Teases Alternate Ending

24 March 2015 11:16 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether you loved or loathed it, Fifty Shades of Grey will dance onto Blu-Ray in a couple of months time and to celebrate the occasion, Focus Features has released a tantalizing clip from the unrated edition which will come packing an alternate ending from Sam-Taylor Johnson’s erotic adaptation.

Incase you have somehow avoided the self-proclaimed phenomenon hitherto, E.L. James’ series of novels orbits around one Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson) who falls in love with reclusive billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). There’s more than meets the eye, though, and it isn’t long before the pair become involved in a lustful relationship.

Despite receiving a critical panning, it’s understood that Focus Features has every intention of pushing ahead with a sequel to the film, based on the next chapter in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. There is little to no information pertaining to its progress, however, despite »

- Michael Briers

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