The eagerly-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey has finally found its director.
Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired to direct the feature-length movie based on EL James’s blockbuster erotic novel, Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced in a press statement.
Fifty Shades Of Grey is the first in a trilogy of novels tracing the sexual relationship between college graduate Anastasia Steele and businessman Christian Grey. The original book was published in June 2011 and the series has now sold over 70 million copies worldwide.
“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades Of Grey from page to screen,” Taylor-Johnson said in the press statement. “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.”
Sam Taylor-Johnson made her name as one of the so-called “Young British Artists” of the ’90s before making her directorial debut with 2009’s Nowhere Boy, an acclaimed biopic about the adolescence of John Lennon. She is married to the film’s star Aaron Johnson, known for his role in Kick-Ass. Fifty Shades Of Grey will be her second feature film as director.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features picked up the screen rights to Fifty Shades Of Grey in March 2012 and the following October, British screenwriter Kelly Marcel was hired to pen the script.
However, the film has yet to cast its leads. Mila Kunis and Emma Watson were once considered frontrunners to play Steele, but both actresses have ruled themselves out, while Ryan Gosling, Channing Tatum and Henry Cavill have all been mooted as potential Christian Greys.