Now the director is in place, some actors can be confirmed
Finally, the 50 Shades of Grey film has some movement behind its considerable chasse. Sam Taylor-Johnson – who previously directed 2009's Nowhere Boy – has been confirmed to take the reigns.
"I'm so excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen," Taylor-Johnson said in a statement Wednesday. "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." Given the popularity of the book – it’s been translated into 50 languages since its release. – the undertaking of the film version is a huge weight on any director’s shoulders. In fact, to date, the trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest-selling book series ever. "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," producer Michael De Luca said in a statement. "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."
The story, which follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele and their steamy ways, has been ridiculed by some for being poorly written, distasteful and often extremely sexist.
Sam Taylor Johnson and her husband
E.L James wrote the 50 Shades trilogy.
The film is almost half an hour longer than 'The Force Awakens'.
The film is expected to continue without Mendes' involvement.