Sam Taylor-Johnson to direct 50 Shades of Grey

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Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) is to direct the film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey.

The 50 Shades trilogy by EL James, followed the sadomasochistic relationship between a billionaire businessman and a literature student. It has sold more than 70 million copies worldwide.

Taylor-Johnson said: “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 honour the power of Erika’s book and the characters of Christian and Anastasia. They are under my skin too.”

The film will be produced by Michael de Luca, whose credits include The Social Network, Magnolia and American History X. He confirmed the news with this statement: “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.”

Flossie Topping is the former Editor-in-Chief of Critics Associated (2013-2015). She has an MA in Film Theory and an MA in Online Journalism. She has written for Screen International, Grolsch Film Works, Universal Film Magazine, The London Film Review, Best for Film, Next Projection, Metropolitan, Don't Panic and The Ealing Gazette.