Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Quitting 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Franchise

March 26, 2015 5:21 AM

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Sam Taylor-Johnson is officially leaving "" franchise. The film director confirmed her exit from the feature, telling in a statement, "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. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."

Sam's departure from the film's upcoming follow-ups came as no surprise since it has widely been reported that she did have tough times with writer E.L. James while filming the first adaptation. "I'm not going to lie. We definitely fought, but they were creative fights and we would resolve them. We ...

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