Fifty Shades of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Won't Return for Sequels

March 26, 2015 12:20 PM

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Fifty Shades of Grey Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Won't Return for Sequels

"Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," she said in a statement, Deadline reports. "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."

The opening salvo in the Fifty Shades trilogy's big-screen adaptation proved to be a monumental success, delivering the first bona fide hit of 2015 and raking in $558 million globally after a massive casting search that finally netted stars Jamie Dornan as the titular S&M-prone lothario and Dakota J...

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