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"Fifty Shades of Grey" has gotten a director and... it's a girl!
One of the most popular series of books among women (over 70 million sold, but who's counting?), authored by a woman, has finally picked its director. Sorry dudes, you aren't invited to sit in this chair.
Sam Taylor-Johnson has beaten the competition and landed the highly-coveted gig. The book's author broke the news via Twitter about the selection of her fellow Englishwoman:
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"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," producer Michael De Luca said in a statement. "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring [the book] to life."
"I'm so excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen," Taylor-Johnson said. "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," she added.
Taylor-Johnson has dealt with subject matter that means a lot to people before. The one feature film on her resume thus far, "Nowhere Boy," was about John Lennon's childhood. "Nowhere Boy" starred Aaron Taylor-Johnson (soon to be seen in "Kick-Ass 2" and eventually in "Marvel's The Avengers 2"), who later became the director's husband.
Anyway, fans shouldn't let the lack of experience worry them, however. After all, E.L. James had never written books before the trilogy, only fan-fiction, which of course eventually turned into the phenomenon. You know, if this can get 1.2 million views: