17/02/2015 02:56 GMT | Updated 17/02/2015 03:59 GMT

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey' Director Sam Taylor-Johnson ‘Pulls Out Of Directing Sequels'

Fifty Shades Of Grey’ director Sam Taylor-Johnson is reportedly set to pull out of making the follow-up films after a string of furious bust-ups with the book’s author EL James.


Despite apparently signing up to film the second and third movies in the trilogy, the British director is now said to want out.

‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, took a massive £13.5 million in its opening weekend, more than the rest of the top ten movies combined.

But behind-the-scenes, things were anything but rosy between director Sam and the author EL James, real name Erica Mitchell.

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Sam Taylor-Johnson

A senior film insider told The Sun: “Sam won’t be back for the Fifty Shades sequels. She wants out and Universal knows that’s the right decision.

“Her relationship with Erika has become absolutely toxic – they despise each other and blame each other for the problems with the film.”

The source continued: “All the biggest arguments were about the sex scenes in the film.

“Erica wanted the movie to be loyal to the book and much more explicit.

“But Sam pushed back because she wanted the movie to be more than just a collection of S&M scenes.”

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Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and EL James

The author, who signed a £3 million deal to bring the books to the big screen, has significant creative control over the films.

“That made life on set completely impossible for Sam,” the source added.

“Directors usually have the ultimate control over what goes on in a movie, but in this case Erica was questioning literally the most minor things.

“She was able to have the final say over the cast, the costumes and, crucially, the script.

“They’re both very powerful and assured women so there was clash after clash after clash."

In a recent interview Sam described having ‘proper on-set barneys’ with the writer over how the story should be represented on the big screen.

“It was difficult I’m not going to lie,” Sam told Porter magazine. “We definitely fought but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen but, you know we got there.”

At the movie’s premiere in Berlin last week, EL James also spoke of her on-set disagreements with Sam Taylor-Johnson, telling Digital Spy: "It was hard in places.

"But any creative process they're going to have disagreements between all sorts of people but we got there in the end and I think the fans will be really pleased."

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