Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, it's been announced today. Read the official statement from Universal Pictures...
The Fifty Shades Of Grey movie officially has a director. Universal Pictures and Focus Features have confirmed today that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie adaptation of the famous novels.
Author E L James broke the news on her Twitter feed last night, revealing: ‘I’m delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of Fifty Shades of Grey.’
Producer Michael De Luca said in a statement this morning: ‘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.’
This is too exciting.
Sam Taylor-Johnson made her directional debut with the 2008 film Nowhere Boy, which told the story of John Lennon growing up in Liverpool. She met her husband, Aaron Johnson, 23, on the set of the movie. They now have two children together.
Sam 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 honour the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too.’
Rumours surrounding the cast of the movie have been circulating online for months, with everyone from Ryan Gosling, Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer in talks to play the lead character, S&M-mad CEO Christian Grey.