Sam Taylor-Johnson has quit 50 Shades of Grey. She will not return to film the rest of the franchise. With the release of a statement, she confirms months of tabloid reports.
Sam confirmed the news with a statement:
“Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful.
I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie.
While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.” [via Deadline]
Previously, it was reported that Sam had grown tired of book author E.L. James’ demands. Their working relationship had become “toxic”.
In other news, one of the movie’s producers has shamed leads Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson for wanting more money to act in the sequels. After the first movie made SO much money. Way more than anyone really expected.
50 Shades producer Dana Brunetti said: “Look, when I was starting out and had to cut my teeth and build my résumé to get in, I had to basically work for free on a lot of things. I still take reductions in my fees for the opportunities to do certain things. We got slack on Captain Phillips about how much Barkhad [Abdi] and those guys got paid.”
Dana gave a famous example: “Look at Jonah Hill in Wolf of Wall Street. It was great for his career. So I’m not going to cry for anybody who wants to be in this business just because a thing they were involved in did very well and they didn’t get paid [a lot].
Dana explains: “That’s not the deal that you made. If it was, I’d have more than a couple Ferraris because all the money my films have made is f**ing insane. You’ve got to start somewhere.”