After months of speculation over who would helm the film version of Fifty Shades Of Grey, Universal Pictures and Focus Features has announced that British artist and director Sam Taylor-Johnson (previously known as Sam Taylor-Wood) has got the job.
Her only previous feature-length movie is Nowhere Boy, about a young John Lennon (and where she also met her now husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson), however she does have some experience with sex on screen thanks to the short Death Valley, which was all about a man masturbating in the desert.
Producer Michael De Luca commented, “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. E.L. 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.”
Sam Taylor-Johnson herself said, “I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen. 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.”
Fifty Shades of Grey has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release. 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.
The first book follow the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed explore the couple’s deepening relationship. There’s no news on when the movie might shoot, or who will star.