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Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor-Johnson to helm Fifty Shades of Grey

06.19.2013by:

Universal has selected a director for their big screen adaptation of the erotic novel FIFTY SHADES OF GREY and it is Sam Taylor-Johnson. If that name doesn't ring a bell, it is because she was previously credit as Sam Taylor-Wood when she directed the John Lennon biopic NOWHERE BOY starring her future husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. That's right, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY will be directed by the wife of Kick-Ass.

Producer Michael De Luca issued this statement:

“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.”

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is the best-selling ebook series that triggered the "mommy porn" sub-genre of fiction that populates Targets and Wal-Marts across America. Universal paid top dollar for the movie rights while speculation runs rampant online as to who will star in the movie.

Taylor-Johnson issued her own statement as well:

“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.”

Taylor-Johnson's NOWHERE BOY was an interesting look at the pre-Beatles life of John Lennon but doesn't showcase anything that would suggest her for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. While NOWHERE BOY does have a good grasp of character interaction, fans of the books will still be left wondering what to expect from the adaptation.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY still has no release date or cast, but with Sam Taylor-Wood on board, expect more announcements soon.

Extra Tidbit: Harold and Maude....I mean, Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson have a 23 year age gap between them.

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10:59PM on 06/19/2013
Thanks for taking one for the team, lady!
Thanks for taking one for the team, lady!
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10:28PM on 06/19/2013

I liked LONELY BOY

and I'm sure this is a great paycheque but you can do so much better, Sam Taylor-Johnson. I just hope this doesn't sink her career.
and I'm sure this is a great paycheque but you can do so much better, Sam Taylor-Johnson. I just hope this doesn't sink her career.
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7:30PM on 06/19/2013
No offense to the director, but like the Twilight films you could get anyone to direct and no one would care b/c this will have a built in fan base and make money despite the quality.
No offense to the director, but like the Twilight films you could get anyone to direct and no one would care b/c this will have a built in fan base and make money despite the quality.
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7:28PM on 06/19/2013
Good for her, don't care
Good for her, don't care
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7:13PM on 06/19/2013
The much-coveted role of directing suburban-house-wife schlock/porn.
The much-coveted role of directing suburban-house-wife schlock/porn.
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5:53PM on 06/19/2013
“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." Great quote, thanks for the laugh!
“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." Great quote, thanks for the laugh!
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5:46PM on 06/19/2013

Don't care about the book or the film, but...

... isn't the book just crappy writing with strong explicit sex-scenes ? So, how can you honor the book without basically making a porn film ? They won't make that x-rated movie and my guess is that it will be the first time that a porn "parody" will be better than the feature film. Well, that and "Batman & Robin".
... isn't the book just crappy writing with strong explicit sex-scenes ? So, how can you honor the book without basically making a porn film ? They won't make that x-rated movie and my guess is that it will be the first time that a porn "parody" will be better than the feature film. Well, that and "Batman & Robin".
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5:15PM on 06/19/2013
My grandfather was 23 years older than my grandma. He was born in 1890 and she was born in 1913. It still blows my mind to think he was a fully grown adult man when she came crying into this world.
My grandfather was 23 years older than my grandma. He was born in 1890 and she was born in 1913. It still blows my mind to think he was a fully grown adult man when she came crying into this world.
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5:10PM on 06/19/2013

Look! It's a lion man and Christopher Lee as a woman!

I could care less about this movie being made, but it gets my girlfriend all hot and bothered and I get to reap all the benefits so to the movies we shall go!
I could care less about this movie being made, but it gets my girlfriend all hot and bothered and I get to reap all the benefits so to the movies we shall go!
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