Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey Director, Bows Out of Sequel: Why?

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Fifty Shades of Grey movie director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be back for the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, she confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.

"Directing Fifty Shades Of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," the director's announcement said.

"I have Universal to thank for that."

"I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with [lead stars] Dakota [Johnson] and Jamie [Dornan]."

"While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."

Taylor-Johnson and E.L. James clashed over content, with the author who created the best-selling trilogy often having different visions for the film.

"We'd often clash and have to find a way to work through that to get to some sort of resolution," Taylor-Johnson admitted to The Hollywood Reporter.

"She would be the first to say as well that it was not easy. It was not easy. But we got there. I think both of us felt it was an incredibly painful process."

When the words "incredibly painful" are used to describe something diplomatically, we can't imagine what must have been going on behind the scenes.

For this reason, Sam bowing out of the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels was widely expected by many (Taylor-Johnson did not mention James in her statement).

It's unclear who will direct Fifty Shades Darker or Fifty Shades Freed, but Jamie Dornan will be Christian Grey alongside Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

Widesperad reports of Dornan wanting to jump ship because he hates Johnson and/or his wife hates the movie turned out to be greatly exaggerated.

Despite being panned by many critics, the first film has already grossed over $500 million worldwide since opening over Valentine's Day weekend.

And people haven't even seen the unrated 50 Shades of Grey yet. That ought to get fans bothered and hot and opening up their wallets for the Blu-ray.

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