Sam Taylor-Johnson Set To Direct 50 SHADES OF GREY

Jason Gorber, Featured Critic
After rumours about the likes of David Cronenberg or Gus Van Sant taking on the reigns of one of the most popular novels of the decade, Deadline is reporting that Sam Taylor-Johnson is set to direct 50 Shades of Grey.

Taylor-Johnson's previous films include 2008's Love You More and the 2010 Sundance film Nowhere Boywhich our Todd Brown quite liked, despite the challenges that the film's conceit has to overcome.

The director's also received loads of tabloid press, for better or for worse, for marrying the much younger Aaron "Kick-Ass" Taylor-Johnson. Expect much to be made of this again when the tale of an older man seducing a younger woman gets bandied about in the tabloid media.

I've not read the book, but do find the whole notion of what the New York Times described as "mommy porn" a mix of fascinating and repulsive. Many have argued that the success of the book is very much tied to the e-book revolution, where people can't be as readily judged as they read on the subway or poolside. Similarly, arguments have been made that for a certain demographic,  scenes of sexual brutality are eroticized via the written word, where the stark visualization brought by film (or, of course, video) is off-putting to some.

The big test of this film, I think, will be how to make it as hot as the book, but still open to a larger audience.

I'd personally much rather take my artful look into sadomasochism in the form of a Kubrick or even Von Trier, but the E. L. James fans who can't get enough of the socially acceptable smut will hopefully come out in droves to support the flick. At the least, I'm assuming that those dressing up for the premiere will be making quite the entrance.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "I've not read the book"

    Neither have I Mr Gorber......but I think it will be a challenge to portray this subject for any director.

    Well, I was rooting for Julio Medem, Mary Harron etc but I guess that´s not happening now.

    Shall be interesting to see the first teaser, thanks for the info Mr Gorber.

  • Juan Andrés Valencia

    You can get a copy of any BDSM porno of the 70's and you'd probably get better performances, acting and writing than in this film. Fifty Shades Of Grey is a disgrace to erotic literature and I find it funny that there's a big studio funding this considering that if it's perfectly adapted from the book then they'd have the most graphic mainstream adult film ever made.

  • Bos

    You said the word: Mainstream. And that's why it does not surprise me that a studio is going to make this.

    Mainstream is money

  • PREDICTION! (nay, PROPHECY!): There will be plenty of shadows and other obfuscating objects used in the shooting of this film, and the use of sound effects to demonstrate things happening just off screen to avoid making overt things that may discomfort the very audience that's actually the demographic for this work.

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