Taylor-Johnson Reflects On “Fifty Shades”

The strange success of the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” film franchise is one of curiosity. There’s popular but critically derided source material, an overprotective author who has now taken control of the franchise, and two leading actors who don’t have much chemistry (and seemingly aren’t huge fans of each other in the various uncomfortable press interviews).

One of the few saving graces of the first film was the employment of Sam Taylor-Johnson as director who might have been able to lift the material. Sadly though, screenwriter Kelly Marcel previously revealed that promises of creative flexibility didn’t come to pass and ultimately author E.L. James had full control.

The result was a troubled production during which the director and author had major fights. With Taylor-Johnson out of the sequels, she tells Sunday Times of London (via Vulture) this week that she has no plans to see either “Fifty Shades Darker” or “Fifty Shades Freed”:

“I’m not going to ever watch them. I have literally zero interest. It [the first film] was a struggle and there were lots of onset tete-a-tetes, with me trying to bat it into the [right] place. I like everyone – and I get really confused when they don’t like me. I was so confused by E.L. James. I don’t understand when I can’t navigate a person, when there’s no synergy. With the benefit of hindsight would I go through it [making a ‘Shades’ film] again? Of course I wouldn’t. I’d be mad”

Taylor-Johnson’s next project is the Netflix series “Gypsy” starring Naomi Watts. That series debuts on June 30th.