'Fifty Shades Darker' Director Rumor Is a Disaster Waiting to Happen

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Everyone associated with the Fifty Shades of Grey movie-making has made it clear that the films are an adaptation of the books. We also know that book's writer E.L. James and the film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson reportedly clashed quite a bit over the script. Taylor-Johnson isn't returning and now one of the names in the ring for who will direct Fifty Shades Darker is E.L. James herself! What?!

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An insider told Hollywood Life that E.L. really wants to direct, but the studio isn't sold on the idea. I have to agree -- writing a book and directing a movie are two different crafts. I'm not saying she wouldn't make a great director, but is there too much risk in giving her a try? I'm inclined to say yes. Maybe James can work with the director more closely?

She is already working very closely with the screenwriter for the sequel -- it's her husband Niall Leonard. Too much? Perhaps. Which is why I would prefer someone else for the director role. 

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The insider did say that those that have the power with the sequel want a new person who works well with James (and Leonard), but that person would be a bit under the radar in order to keep costs down. I like those under the radar types because they tend to be quite innovative and willing to try new exciting things in filmmaking. There's a lot riding on this sequel ... and it HAS to be good. Or else ....

Do you think E.L. James would be a good choice for director? Or should they get new talent?

 

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