'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Writer E.L. James Hires Husband As Screenwriter For Sequel, 'Fifty Shades Darker'

E.L. James Hires Close To Home For 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

Sam Taylor-Johnson isn’t the only one who won’t be returning for the sequel to ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’, following the news that author E.L. James has sacked the film’s screenwriter… in favour of her husband.


Now before we go throwing accusations of “nepotism” and “injustice” around, her husband, Niall Leonard is already an experienced screenwriter, having written for ‘Wire In The Blood’ and had uncredited work on the first ‘Fifty Shades’ film.

E.L. James and Niall Leonard

It’s been well-documented that E.L. James - who acted as a co-producer on the film adaptation of her erotic novel, ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ - was incredibly hands-on during the filming process, and clashed with director Sam Taylor-Johnson over “everything”.

“She has such a powerful vision in her head, that if we changed the colour of the dress, it would really unsettle her.

“We had to sit and talk about it, and get her to a place where she felt comfortable… everything was negotiated.”

'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

"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."


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