‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson ‘pulls out’ of sequels

Director is said to have clashed with writer EL James while making the hit erotic film

Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has reportedly “pulled out” of the rumoured sequels to her hit adaptation of EL James’s erotic novel.

Taylor-Johnson’s film opened last Friday (February 13) and broke several UK and Ireland box office records in its opening weekend. It has also debuted at Number One in the US, fuelling rumours that Universal Pictures is about to green light a pair of sequels based on James’s follow-up novels.

However, according to The Sun, Taylor-Johnson will not return to the director’s chair after clashing repeatedly with James, who is said to wield considerable creative control over the adaptation of her novels.

A “senior film insider” apparently told the newspaper: “[Taylor-Johnson] wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision. Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.

“All the biggest arguments were about the sex scenes in the film. Erica wanted the movie to be loyal to the book and much more explicit,’ the ‘insider’ continued. “But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes.”

In response to the report, a Universal Pictures spokesperson said simply: “Universal has not yet announced anything pertaining to sequels.”

Fifty Shades Of Grey is rated ‘R’ in the US for “strong sexual content and unusual behaviour” and ’18’ in the UK for “strong sex and nudity”. The film’s 100-minute running time includes around 20 minutes of sex scenes.

The Fall‘s Jamie Dornan stars as Christian Grey, the kinky businessman who seduces demure college student Anastasia Steele, played by Dakota Johnson. Dornan recently revealed that he visited a sex dungeon to prepare for the role. The film’s supporting cast includes Luke Grimes, Marcia Gay Harden, Rita Ora and Jennifer Ehle.

Fifty Shades Of Grey was directed by Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor Johnson with EL James serving as a producer. The film’s soundtrack has recently been released and features songs by Beyonce, The Rolling Stones, The Weeknd, Ellie Goulding and Sia.