Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film-adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling novel, Fifty Shades of Grey.
James revealed the news via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon followed by a confirmation from Universal Pictures, the studio behind the project.
“Sam’s unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia’s relationship to life,” said producer Michael De Luca. “E.L. James’ characters and vivid storytelling require a director who is willing to take risks and push the envelope where needed and Sam is a natural fit.”
Taylor-Johnson released a statement saying: “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 honor the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too.”