Fifty Shades of Grey Director Set to Exit the Franchise Over On Set Arguments

News

Fifty Shades of Grey Director Set to Exit the Franchise Over On Set Arguments

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor Johnson made no secret of her on set spats with the original author E L James. The two clashed on a number of elements, including the extensive sex scenes and dialogue, making the experience something of a nightmare for the 47 year old filmmaker. So it's hardly surprising that she would be thinking of stepping aside for future entries in the series.

The film is out now and has earned over $250 million worldwide, despite some of the worst reviews of the year. And a source close to the production is now saying that Taylor Johnson won't return for sequel Fifty Shades Darker, and that studio Universal are perfectly OK with the decision. Keeping the original author happy is part of the job of bringing a major adaptation to the screen and Universal know that they would be crazy to do anything to get in the way of their potentially billion-making franchise for the trilogy which would end with Fifty Shades Freed.

Sam Taylor Johnson may be actually free but he same can't be said for the stars. Dakota Johnson hasn't seemed overly enthused about returning for another go at the character but Northern Ireland's Jamie Dornan seems openly exasperated by the experience so far. Unfortunately, they're both roped into three picture deals and this kind of - ahem - exposure isn't the kind of thing an emerging actor can simply walk away from.

Early rumours are suggesting Fifty Shades Darker will go into production in June 2015 for a March 2016 release date.

Fifty Shades of Grey is in cinemas now. It has made $267 million after 4 days of release...



Fifty Shades of Grey Director Set to Exit the Franchise Over On Set Arguments on ClickOnline.com
About this author

daniel@clickonline.com
Movie Editor
Recent Articles by this author
23 September, 2016
Humanity is on the brink of doom and a young girl might hold the key to its survival… British...
23 September, 2016
A crew of mercenaries signs up to defend some villagers from being driven out of...
23 September, 2016
There's a basketball court in Japan which is entirely rigged with LEDs on its...
23 September, 2016
Firewatch is good stuff, especially if you're a fan of a well told story, gorgeous...