Fifty Shades director says laters, baby!

2015-03-26 14:52

Los Angeles  - Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the next movie in the Fifty Shades franchise.

The 48-year-old film-maker helmed Fifty Shades of Grey and was in pole position to direct Fifty Shades Darker, but has decided to walk away from the much-discussed franchise after she was involved in a number of disagreements with author EL James, who wrote the best-selling books.

She told Us Weekly: "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 [Johnson] and Jamie [Dornan].

"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."

Taylor-Johnson recently confessed she found it tough working with EL James on the movie.

She admitted: "We definitely fought, but they were creative fights and we would resolve them."

"We would have proper on-set barneys, and I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen, but, you know, we got there."

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