The director for Fifty Shades of Grey has been selected, and it’s Sam-Taylor Johnson. Sam is best known for directing Nowhere Boy, but perhaps better known for marrying her young Nowhere Boy star Aaron Johnson. Although the 22-year age difference between the two has raised many eyebrows over the past few years, you can’t deny Sam’s talent.
It’s a smart move by the filmmakers, and the author of the novels, E.L. James, has wholeheartedly endorsed the decision. She took to her Twitter to say, “I’m delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Sam has also released a statement, saying, “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.”
According to reports, Joe Wright apparently turned down the job first, after which the filmmakers started looking at other directors. All in all, I’m glad the job went to a woman. There’s nothing wrong with male directors, but with a story like this, it will be very easy to go the wrong way. Sam’s subtlety in directing will play a big part in the film, and it’s very important in making sure the sex scenes don’t go overboard and come off as porn.
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