It’s just been confirmed that Sam Taylor-Johnson, director of Nowhere Boy, has signed on to direct Fifty Shades of Grey.
Universal has had Fifty Shades of Grey as one of their top films in development for some time now. Many stars and directors have been circling and almost signed on. No cast or release date is currently set, but now that Taylor-Johnson has officially signed on, those will probably be soon to follow.
Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca offered this comment:
“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.”
Taylor-Johnson had this to say:
“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.”
Many fans of the original novel are wondering what exactly this adaptation will end up looking like. I’m sure that Sam Taylor-Johnson more than has the directorial Chops to take over this film and, with a little luck, turn it into a franchise.