15. Director exits

Taylor-Johnson didn’t return to the franchise, at least not in part because of her problems working with James – who exercised as much creative control as possible, and even brought in her husband. Niall Leonardto write the script for the sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.

“We’d have real Barneys on the set,” Taylor-Johnson recalled in 2015 from Porter magazine. “I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us and satisfying her vision of what she wrote.” as well as my need to visualize this person on the screen. “

She also told The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that James “would also be the first to say it wasn’t easy. It wasn’t easy. But we did it. I think we both thought it was an incredibly painful process.” James said in an appearance on MSNBC that “people are going to bump heads, and that’s exactly what happened”.

Taylor-Johnson opened up to the Sunday Times magazine in 2017 and said she hasn’t regretted making the film per se, “because that would just mess me up. Would I go over it again afterward? Of course I did. ” would. I would be crazy “

She continued, “I like everyone and I’m really confused when they don’t like me. I was so confused by EL James. I don’t understand when I can’t navigate a person when there isn’t synergy.”