Director Sam Taylor-Johnson confirms she will not return for 50 Shades Of Grey sequel
Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed that she will not be returning to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey.
The director has issued a statement revealing that she will not be returning to the director's chair for the sequel to the mega-hit erotic thriller, which is due for release in 2016.
She said in a statement: "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."
Screenwriter Kelly Marcel will also not be returning for Fifty Shades Darker, with reports suggesting that author E L James has expressed a desire for greater creative control over the sequel and a wish to adapt it for the screen herself.
There is no word on who will replace Taylor-Johnson in the director's chair as yet.
Fifty Shades Of Grey will be released on DVD this summer.