Posted on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Briefly: Even a casual observer knows that women direct far fewer big Hollywood films than men. So it’s interesting to see that the developing adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey — an extended S&M-lite sexual fantasy that has been decried as “mommy porn” as it tops sales charts — will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. She has made only one major feature, Nowhere Boy, from 2009.
We don’t yet know much about plans that Focus is pulling together for the film, but if the movie is even vaguely as successful as the novel series, it’ll be huge.
Kelly Marcel scripted, and Michael De Luca is producing. Does this directorial choice at all imply that the director’s husband, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, will play the wealthy and sexually dominant male lead of the film? We don’t know at this point — there is no confirmed casting as yet.
Updated: well, just after we posted the first info, Jeff Sneider of The Wrap offered up the following:
UPDATE: FELICITY JONES in mix for ANASTASIA! Aaron Taylor-Johnson won't pursue role of CHRISTIAN! Aronofsky passed a month ago #NotebookDump
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) June 19, 2013
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