Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed what we all suspected: that she will not be directing any further Fifty Shades of Grey films.
Speaking to Deadline, the filmmaker said: '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. 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.'
The demure Taylor-Johnson has been vocal about how frustrating she found the Fifty Shades filming process, so this isn’t entirely shock news. Of the making the film she said recently, 'I want to protect my vision and that’s the hardest thing. There are so many voices. With any idea, 12 people have to approve it. And then you make it and 12 people want to adjust it. And you have to try and keep them all at bay. To keep your voice clear. To keep the shape of your art. You think, you hired me because I’m a creative artist with a vision. Don’t try and knock it out of me.'
Of the on-set fights, she added, 'We (EL James and Taylor-Johnson) 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.'
James has given her own opinion of the experience, 'It was hard in places. But any creative process they're going to have disagreements between all sorts of people but we got there in the end and I think the fans will be really pleased.'
No word yet on who might replace Taylor-Johnson as director, and without her we fear the sequels might be in danger of losing some of the original’s style and polish. But let’s not end this post on a bum note. Jamie Dornan is definitely signed on to star in both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free, which is definitely enough to get us back in the cinema...