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...