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Sam Taylor-Johnson Would Be 'Mad' to Do Fifty Shades of Grey Again
Jun 12, 2017 by: WENN
Sam Taylor-Johnson wouldn't put herself through making Fifty Shades of Grey again.
The Nowhere Boy filmmaker directed the first movie adaptation of E.L. James' erotic thriller novels but both Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel dropped out after the 2015 movie amid rumors they clashed with James for creative control over the project.
During a new interview with the Sunday Times magazine, the 50-year-old said the experience left her with "literally zero interest" in watching the movies and, in hindsight, she would never put herself through that the process again.
"I can never say I regret it because that would just finish me off," she said. "With the benefit of hindsight, would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn't. I'd be mad."
The director also admitted she struggled to get on with James and couldn't figure out why she didn't like her.
"I like everyone--and I get really confused when they don't like me," she explained. "I don't understand when I can't navigate a person, when there's no synergy."
She announced her departure in 2015 in a statement which read, "Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful... 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."
James Foley directed the 2017 follow-up Fifty Shades Darker and the upcoming instalment Fifty Shades Freed, which were shot back-to-back with stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Those two scripts were written by James' partner Niall Leonard.
Taylor-Johnson hasn't directed another movie since, instead choosing to work on two episodes of upcoming Netflix thriller Gypsy. But she did tell the magazine that her next project will involve her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
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