"Fifty Shades of Grey" may start its production soon following recent announcement made by E.L. James. Sam Taylor-Johnson, who served behind the lens for John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy", has been appointed to take charge of the much-anticipated movie adaptation of the 2011 steamy novel.
"I'm delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'," James tweeted on Wednesday, June 19. Speaking to E! News, Taylor-Johnson said that she was "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," said the 46-year-old helmer, who is married to "Kick-Ass" actor Aaron Johnson.
Taylor-Johnson will direct the film based on screenplay by Kelly Marcel. Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca serve as co-producers along with James.
"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," said De Luca.
"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."