Sam Taylor-Johnson directing Fifty Shades Of Grey. Sam Taylor-Johnson being chosen for Fifty Shades of Grey answers the question of who will be directing the film. Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct E. L. James novel-to-film adaptation from a script by Kelly Marcel.
On the people behind the scenes of Fifty Shades of Grey:
Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca are producing alongside [E.L.] James.
Universal and Focus acquired rights to James’ trilogy in March 2012 after a heated bidding auction for film rights. Focus will market and distribute the film in partnership with Universal, whose co-chairman Donna Langley heavily pursued the book.
Fifty Shades of Grey is a 2011 erotic romance novel by British author E. L. James. It is the first instalment in the Fifty Shades trilogy that traces the deepening relationship between a college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. It is notable for its explicitly erotic scenes featuring elements of sexual practices involving bondage/discipline, dominance/submission, and sadism/masochism (BDSM).
The second and third volumes Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, were published in 2012. Fifty Shades of Grey has topped best-seller lists around the world, including the United Kingdom and the United States. The series has sold over 70 million copies worldwide, with book rights having been sold in 37 countries, and set the record as the fastest-selling paperback of all time, surpassing the Harry Potter series. Critical reception of the book has been mixed, with the quality of its prose being generally seen as poor.
On Sam Taylor-Johnson’s directorial history:
In 2006, Taylor-Wood contributed the short film Death Valley to the U.K. version of Destricted. In 2008, Taylor-Wood directed a short film Love You More, written by Patrick Marber and produced by Anthony Minghella.
In August 2008, Taylor-Wood was chosen to direct Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the childhood of The Beatles’ singer, John Lennon.
In September 2011, she collaborated with Solange Azagury-Partridge on the short film: Daydream. This short film was aired to support the launche of Solange’s new jewellery collection, 24:7. Under the direction of Sam, Liberty Ross plays a beautiful woman in her bedroom.
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