Following months of speculation around the '50 Shades of Grey' movie, fans of EL James' series of erotic novels will be pleased to learn that a director has now been confirmed for the project. Depsite rumours that names such as Gus Van Sant were attached to the film, the appointment of Taylor-Johnson (née Taylor-Wood) ensures that there is a strong female presence governing the big screen version of the books, as Kelly Marcel, the British executive producer and co-creator of American science fiction TV series, Terra Nova, brought on board to write the screenplay back in October of last year.
Author James tweeted last night, "I'm delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of Fifty Shades of Grey." Meanwhile Taylor-Johnson revealed: "I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen. For the legions of fans, I want to say that I will honour the power of Erika's book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too."
While we imagine Taylor-Johnson is feeling the pressure right now, the actors have yet to be confirmed for the lead roles of Christian Grey and Ana Steele although Mila Kunis, Emma Watson and Alex Pettyfer have all been linked to the movie. Could Taylor-Johnson's own husband, British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson whom she directed in 2009 John Lennon biopic 'Nowhere Boy', now be in the running? Watch this space!
Grazia's own Senior Culture Writer, Priya Elan, had this to say about the director's appointment:
“Although it’s disappointing that Gus Van Sant won’t be directing, I think Sam Taylor-Johnson is a really interesting choice. From her installation of David Beckham sleeping to her re-imagining of John Lennon’s early life in Nowhere Boy, she has a unique approach to pop culture. Her interpretation and framing of the 50 Shades book is sure to take the so-so material into a really interesting place.”