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Sam Taylor-Johnson To Helm "50 Shades"

By Garth Franklin Wednesday June 19th 2013 10:57PM

Universal Pictures and Focus Features have officially announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson has been hired to direct the film adaptation of the erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey".

The story follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.

Taylor-Johnson most recently helmed 2009's young John Lennon feature "Nowhere Boy," and the critically acclaimed Palme D'Or-nominated short "Love You More".

She has recently been at work developing a film adaptation of Robert Goorlick's novel "A Reliable Wife" for Sony Pictures.

Of her hiring, producer Michael De Luca says: "Sam's unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director to bring Christian and Anastasia's relationship to life. 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."

Taylor-Johnson says: "I am excited to be charged with the evolution of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from page to screen. 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."

James, De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing. This hiring brings up one obvious question - will her real-life husband, "Kick Ass" actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, play the role of Christian?

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