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E.L. James has no problem keeping pretty tight-lipped about details surrounding the production of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. But at Comic-Con this past weekend, she didn't mind opening up about one thing: The director of the flick, Sam Taylor-Johnson!
When asked by Vulture what it was about the little-known director that prompted James to choose her, she replied, "Actually, it's not just me! Everybody keeps asking, 'Why did you decide ... ' It wasn't just me! There's a huge friggin' studio behind this." She then elaborated, "That's the wonderful thing about doing it this way, is you compile a team who really know what they're doing, who are incredibly talented, and you listen to what they have to say. ..." Ha, doth protest too much! We get it! The woman doesn't have TONS of creative control. Still, I'm sure she had some say, no?
I saw both of [Taylor-Johnson's] films, and I was blown away. Simple. She's creative, incredibly talented, she's got an extraordinary eye. She had a good idea about the whole Fifty experience, she understands it. ... And I thought, There's a woman I can go and get drunk with!
HA! So, she IS a fan! Perhaps even more than that. They're probably on their way to being BFFs. Which, as a fan, I would take as a very good sign that the film is on its way to turning out to be the sexy, steamy film we've all been waiting and hoping for!
Because the more that Sam Taylor-Johnson gets about E.L. James and, in turn, as she puts it, the "Fifty experience," the more likely it'll be that she can bring that vision to the big screen, right? Hearing it from the director herself that she wants to do that is one thing -- but hearing it from the brains behind the book herself is another. I think we can finally take a big, deep breath and rest assured the film is in fabulous hands.
Do you feel assured that STG can deliver a Fifty Shades movie that meets/surpasses expectations?
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