Fifty Shades of Grey Director Wishes She Hadn’t Made The Film

Posted 06/13/2017 4739 0

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has revealed that although the "dysfunctional fairy tale" is what drew her to the story, she wishes she hadn't made the film.


The 50-year-old has opened up about the difficulties of making the first Fifty Shades of Grey film, admitting that she has no plans to ever watch the sequels. The director famously clashed with the erotic novel's author, E.L. James, on the set of the film, and has now spoken about their relationship. Chatting to The Sunday Times, she said: "I like everyone, and I get really confused when they don't like me. I was so confused by E.L. James, I don't understand when I can't navigate a person, when there's no synergy."

It's no secret that Taylor-Johnson clashed with author James, who wanted more control, and had "lots of on-set tête-à-tetes" when they worked on the movie adaptation together. Taylor-Johnson added: "I'm not going to ever watch [the sequels].

"I have literally zero interest. I can never say I regret it because that would just finish me off. [But] with the benefit of hindsight, would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn't. I'd be mad!"

Taylor-Johnson also told the magazine her next project will star her husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The couple met when she cast him as a young John Lennon in her directorial debut Nowhere Boy in 2008 and they have been outspoken about their desire to work together again over the years.

Now, they have secured the rights for a film adaptation of a best-selling book, but the director is remaining tight lipped about the title and plot.

"I'm so excited," she said, adding: "The author told me, 'I don't care what you do with it, I'll see you at the finish line'."

Based on the best-selling book series by E. L. James, Christian Grey starts seeing a shrink in the sequel Fifty Shades Darker after his former lover Mrs Robinson (Fifty Shades newcomer Kim Basinger), who introduced him to the world of S&M at the age of 15, returns and affects his relationship with novice kinkster Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

Announcing back in 2015 that she would not be returning to direct the sequel, Taylor-Johnson said: "While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.

"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."