Sam Taylor-Johnson Won’t Return to Direct 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

by Meredith B. Kile 7:00 PM PDT, March 25, 2015
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Despite Fifty Shades of Grey becoming a worldwide hit, grossing over $558 million at the box office internationally, director Sam Taylor-Johnson won’t be returning to helm the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.

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Variety cites multiple sources saying the director's "constant arguments with author E.L. James over the direction of the film during its production forced Taylor-Johnson to reconsider her options."

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Screenwriter Kelly Marcel also won't be returning for Fifty Shades Darker, though the film's stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are on board to star in the erotic adaptation.

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Variety goes on to report that James is interested in adapting the second book herself. Universal is reportedly considering that option, but plans to take meetings before making a final decision.

To show there was no bad blood between herself and the film's stars, Taylor-Johnson posted an Instagram pic on Wednesday of her posed with Dornan. The caption simply reads: "Today with Jamie. #jamiedornan."

Production on Fifty Shades Darker is slated to begin in early 2016.

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