‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Director Bails Out on the Franchise

Mar 26, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The director of the hit film “Fifty Shades of Grey” wants nothing to do with subsequent productions in the potentially lucrative franchise.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Taylor-Johnson released a statement Wednesday saying: “While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three. … Directing ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful. I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie.”

She was referring to two of the film’s stars, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.

The movie has made $558.6 million worldwide, THR notes. But artistic differences have been widely reported between Taylor-Johnson and EL James, author of the book on which the movie is based.

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