Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct the movie’s planned two sequels.
Sam Taylor-Johnson said she was “hugely grateful” to have been chosen to adapt E.L. James’s 2011 best-seller.
She then wished “nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three”.
Fifty Shades or Grey, about a businessman who begins an affair with a young student, has made almost $560 million at the worldwide box office.
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E.L. James’s trilogy of Fifty Shades books have reportedly sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into more than 50 languages.
Relations between Sam Taylor-Johnson and the author were said to be strained during its production, prompting speculation the artist-turned-director would not return to continue or complete the film trilogy.
“We battled all the way through,” Sam Taylor-Johnson told Vanity Fair magazine.
“She’d say the same. There were tough times and revelatory times. There were sparring contests. It was definitely not an easy process.”
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are expected to return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the next film, scheduled for release in 2017.
Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was “a nervous breakdown” that really led to his departure from the upcoming adaptation of the best-selling E.L. James novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Charlie Hunnam, who would have played Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia Steele, told Moviefone that the Focus Features drama would have been one project too many, since he already committed to shooting Guillermo de Toro’s Crimson Peak during his hiatus from FX series Sons of Anarchy.
“I was going to finish <<Sons>> at like 11 p.m. Friday night, get on the plane Saturday morning to Vancouver for <<Fifty>>, missing the whole first week of rehearsal and start shooting Monday morning,” the actor explained.
Charlie Hunnam has revealed that it was a nervous breakdown that really led to his departure from the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation
“And I was going to shoot that film, wrap that on the Wednesday and the following Monday I was going to start shooting <<Crimson Peak>> in Toronto. I just had like … frankly, something of a nervous breakdown.”
The passionate response from fans and the attention the media was giving Fifty Shades also contributed to his decision to back out of the role just weeks after being cast.
“To fail on such a grand scale – because Fifty’s going to be massive, it’s going to be huge. I really didn’t want to fail on such a grand scale and I just couldn’t transition from Jax Teller to Christian Grey in 48 hours,” Charlie Hunnam said.
“I bit off more than I could chew and it was painful. I loved the character and I wanted to do it.”
Charlie Hunnam has returned to the small screen as biker Jax Teller on September 9 when the seventh and final season of Sons of Anarchy premiered on FX.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features have released the first poster of the adaptation of E.L. James’ novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
The poster depicts business magnate Christian Grey with his back to the viewer, facing a window, with the message: “Mr. Grey Will See You Now.”
The film is set to be released on February 13, 2015.
Fifty Shades of Grey movie is set to be released on February 13, 2015
It was originally slated for release on August 1, 2014, but the date was moved back after Charlie Hunnam, who was initially cast to play Christian Grey, dropped out of the film, citing scheduling conflicts.
Jamie Dornan will now portray Christian Grey in the film.
The book and film depict the relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who’ll be portrayed by Dakota Johnson.
Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of the film adaptation of bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey.
It was announced in September that Charlie Hunnam would play billionaire Christian Grey.
Universal Pictures said that his departure was a mutual decision due to a scheduling problem with Charlie Hunnam’s TV commitments.
Fifty Shades of Grey‘s author E.L. James tweeted her best wishes to the actor.
Charlie Hunnam has pulled out of the film adaptation of bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey
Artist and film-maker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie version of E.L. James’ novel, scheduled for release in August 2014.
Published in 2011, Fifty Shades of Grey follows the relationship between billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.
Dakota Johnson will play Anastasia Steele and Jennifer Ehle has been cast as her mother.
The novel and its two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, have become a literary phenomenon that earned E.L. James, 50, a reported $95 million last year.
There had been intense speculation over who would win the coveted lead roles in the film adaptation.
Since winning the role there have been reports that Charlie Hunnam had been overwhelmed by the attention and had got cold feet.
However, the statement from Universal Pictures said Charlie Hunnam’s departure was due to “Hunnam’s immersive TV schedule which is not allowing him time to adequately prepare for the role of Christian Grey.”
Matt Bomer, Cilian Murphy, Ian Somerhalder and Alexander Skarsgard are among the actors being tipped as Charlie Hunnam’s replacement.
A large part of Christian Grey’s allure no doubt comes from the fact that readers are able to conjure up their very own fantasy figure as they read the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy.
Now, as plans for a Hollywood version of Fifty Shades get underway and casting begins for the man who will play the most sensational of roles, thoughts have turned to just who will star as the magnetic mystery male.
Rights to the best-seller – penned by Brit E. L. James – have been snapped up by Universal Pictures and the production team behind Oscar-winning film The Social Network.
The script is being finalized and filming is expected to start in 2014 with intense speculation about which stars would land the coveted roles.
It appears TheVampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder is the fans’ choice to play Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation.
Almost one in six chose American hunk Ian Somerhalder – Damon Salvatore in the TV drama The Vampire Diaries – to play the billionaire in a poll by British website.
In second place was Brit Henry Cavill, new star of the Superman movies, and Drive hunk Ryan Gosling came third.
Mad Men beauty Alexis Bledel has been chosen as the best actress to play his naive lover Anastasia Steele.
Texan beauty Alexis Bledel, 31, best known for playing adulteress Beth Dawes in Mad Men, just beat Anne Hathaway as the fans’ choice to play Ana.
And fans are pleading with movie bosses not to tone down the s** in the film.
Ian Somerhalder is top choice to play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades screen adaptation
S** scenes are increasingly being written out of Hollywood movies because studios bosses say they restricts a film’s audience and box office potential.
The last film with s** scenes to top the box office was Titanic, way back in 1997.
However, 90% of those polled say it would be a big mistake to water down the s** in Fifty Shades.
Almost seven out of ten said the books were likely to be better than the film and most fans believe the film will not be more popular than the books.
Fans were split down the middle over whether American or British stars should take the lead rolls – 50% favoring each country.
Fifty Shades of Grey sold 70 million copies worldwide and Universal plan to make three movies from the trilogy of best-sellers.
Who should play Christian Grey?
Ian Somerhalder (15%) Henry Cavill (13%) Ryan Gosling (12%) Michael Fassbender (11%) Alexander Skarsgard (10%)
Who should play Anastasia Steele?
Alexis Bedel (13%) Anne Hathaway (12%) Emma Stone (11%) Mila Kunis (11%) Elizabeth Olsen (10%)
Thanks to the popularity of international best seller Fifty Shades Of Grey, one in ten women between the ages of 25 and 54 consider cold and complicated Christian Grey the most perfect fictional gentleman.
But Pride And Prejudice’s dashing Mark Darcy – who was initially similarly cold and complicated to Elizabeth Bennett – won the most votes overall, and has been voted the perfect fictional gentleman overall in the nationwide poll of British women.
Jane Austen’s upper-crust character, brought to life by actor Colin Firth in the 1995 hit BBC mini-series, was named number one by almost a third (29.60%) of British women polled.
Mark Darcy was followed by suave British spy James Bond (12.4%), first made world famous by handsome Scot Sean Connery in the 1962 movie Dr. No.
Thanks to best seller Fifty Shades Of Grey, one in 10 women between the ages of 25 and 54 consider Christian Grey the most perfect fictional gentleman
Five other actors went on to play the debonair secret agent, with Daniel Craig the latest with his most recent box office smash Skyfall.
And proof that women love a prince in real life or fantasy, the stock character Prince Charming was third, stealing one tenth of the vote.
The research of 1,000 women across the UK was commissioned by Johnson Cleaners in a bid to find who and what makes a gentleman in both fiction and reality.
While noble Noah from tear-jerker The Notebook, played by the dishy Ryan Gosling, was the most popular fictional gentleman with women under 25.
And a quarter of women of all ages told researchers they wished their partner or husband was more like their favorite celebrity gentleman. This rose to a third of women in Northern Ireland.
Paul Ogle, MD of Johnson Cleaners, said: “It is clear that many women love an old fashioned gentleman, either in fiction or reality. The qualities that make a gentleman are timeless and classic, just like the celebrities that came top of our research.”
But this figure drops to five per cent of all women in the UK insisting the infamous Christian Grey was their perfect fictional gent. But that’s still some 1.25 million ladies.
The “first picture” of character Christian Grey from E.L. James’s novel Fifty Shades of Grey has been created by Dr. Faye Skelton, who has used descriptions and image-generating software.
University of Central Lancashire’s Dr. Faye Skelton made the image using descriptions of how women said they imagined protagonist Christian Grey.
Dr. Faye Skelton said the composite, created with software used to make images of criminal suspects, was “a bit of fun”.
She said she hoped the image would not “intrude on anyone’s fantasies”.
The "first picture" of character Christian Grey from E.L. James's novel Fifty Shades of Grey created by Dr. Faye Skelton
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, which recently became the fastest adult paperback novel to sell one million print copies, tells the story of the steamy relationship between billionaire businessman Christian Grey and “unworldly, innocent” literature student, Anastasia Steele.
Dr. Faye Skelton used the descriptions of 12 women given to a radio station to create the composite and said most had drawn “comparisons with famous film stars”.
“While we don’t want to intrude on anyone’s fantasies, based on a small sample of women, this is the image of Christian Grey they have in their heads when reading the novels,” she said.
“Personally, I think he’s quite handsome – although everyone’s interpretation will be different.”
She added that the image “was just a bit of fun, but it does show the quality of image we can now generate”.
The university’s psychology department has been at the forefront of facial composite technology and created advanced software which uses the selection of multiple complete faces to create an image of a person.
It has been used by police forces across the world to identify criminal suspects.