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Sam Taylor-Johnson: ‘Fifty Shades’ Director Not Helming The Sequel

Thu, March 26, 2015 1:37pm EDT by Add first Comment

She’s out! After rumors of feuding with E.L. James, Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Film, has confirmed that she will not return to direct subsequent sequels.

Seems like there’s as much tension behind the scenes at Fifty Shades of Grey as there is on camera. Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the hit film, will not return to direct the second and third movies. The announcement comes after rampant reports that she and the author of the books on which the movies are based, E.L. James, had not been seeing eye to eye. So, is the feud the reason for Sam’s departure, or is there something else?

Sam Taylor-Johnson Quits ‘Fifty Shades’

So long, Sam.

Despite the massive success of Fifty Shades of Grey (we’re talking seriously massive here– the film has grossed more than half a billion dollars so far), Sam Taylor-Johnson has decided to step down from the franchise. The announcement follows countless reports that she and E.L. have had several arguments regarding the direction of the film and some of its creative choices.

Along with Sam, the first film’s screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, will also not return for subsequent films. There is no word yet as to who will step up to fill either position for the two sequels, neither of which have begun production yet.

Fifty Shades Of Tension

Though bad blood is the suspected cause for Sam’s departure, she certainly has not let that show.

“Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” Sam told Us Weekly in a statement . “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.”

What do you think of Sam quitting the franchise? Do you think it’s due to her feud with E.L.?

— Casey Mink