Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct ‘50 Shades’ movie

Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct ‘50 Shades’ movie

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Author E. L. James attends the "Fifty Shades Of Grey" - The Classical Album Launch Event at Soho House on September 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 8:46 PM

LONDON (AP) -- British visual artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has been signed to direct the movie version of erotic best-seller “50 Shades of Grey,” producers have announced.

Taylor-Johnson, whose only previous feature was the 2009 John Lennon biopic “Nowhere Boy,” promised she would “honor the power” of the book, which has sold millions of copies and spawned countless imitators.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Universal Pictures and Focus Features. Producer Michael De Luca said Taylor-Johnson’s “unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director” for the story of the S&M-tinged romance between a young student and an enigmatic billionaire.

“50 Shades” author E.L. James tweeted that she was “delighted and thrilled” by the choice.

The 46-year-old director, previously known as Sam Taylor-Wood, is one of Britain’s best-known visual artists. Her works include a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping that hangs in London’s National Portrait Gallery. She also made “Crying Men,” a compilation of Hollywood actors in tears.

In 2012 she married “Kick-Ass” star Aaron Johnson, whom she met when he played the young Lennon in “Nowhere Boy.” Both adopted the surname Taylor-Johnson.
 

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