Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' Armie Hammer Not Interested In "Mommy Porn" Role

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 19, 2013 3:59 PM
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Well, the long, hot, sweaty, kinky, naughty wait is over and a director has been found to tie up audiences cinematically and bring them to Pleasure Town in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Nope, it's not more interesting choices like Gus Van Sant or Joe Wright, but instead it's Aaron Taylor-Johnson's better half.

Yes, Sam Taylor-Johnson, the artist and helmer behind "Nowhere Boy," has landed the gig that will bring your favorite mainstream book of erotica to the multiplex. According to The Wrap, Darren Aronofsky was offered and turned down the job about a month ago -- keep that in your trivia hat. The Kelly Marcel-penned story will follow the charged sub/dom relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, and we can't wait to see what kind of officially sanctioned merchandise comes out of this. Especially considering there is already official lingerie, jewelry and a nearly absurd pleasure collection (Happy birthday!).

Of course, the question will now turn to casting (Felicity Jones is apparently rumored to be in the mix for Ana), but one person you can count out is the Lone Ranger himself, Armie Hammer. “No one actually offered me the movie, but while I was working on 'Lone Ranger' my agent brought it up, and I said ‘Nope,’” Hammer told Playboy about the rumors. “I mean, come on — it’s just mommy porn. I’m not going to sit on top of the laundry machine in spin cycle reading about putting a ball gag in someone’s mouth. That doesn’t do it for me.”

Sorry ladies, Armie is keeping his hammer in his pants for now. Get all hot and bothered with the official press release below.

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, June 19, 2013—Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing the film based on E L James’ #1 bestselling book, alongside James.  The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

“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,” said De Luca.   “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.”

Taylor-Johnson most recently directed 2009’s Nowhere Boy, the story of John Lennon’s childhood in Liverpool, where his fledgling genius found a kindred spirit in the teenage Paul McCartney.  The film garnered two BAFTA nominations, including “Outstanding British Film” and “Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.”  Taylor-Johnson also directed the critically acclaimed short Love You More which was nominated for the Palme D’Or in 2008.  She is currently in development on a film for Columbia Pictures based on the novel by Robert Goorlick, “A Reliable Wife,” which is also being produced by De Luca.

“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of Fifty Shades of Grey from page to screen,” said Taylor-Johnson.  “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.”

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March 2012.  Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.  “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 50 languages worldwide since its release.  To date, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide in e-book and print, making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.  Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.  For more information please see the official Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook page:http://www.facebook.com/fiftyshadesofgreymovie.

Taylor-Johnson is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorneys Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern.

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11 Comments

  • Glass | June 19, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    Whoa, I just pieced together the marriage of Aaron Johnson and Sam Taylor-Wood and I'm completely creeped out now. I've been on sets where the female producer is banging the 19-year-old superdouche PA and it's so funny

  • Nikola6 | June 19, 2013 9:21 PMReply

    Writing this off as "mommy porn" is so easy. Just another label for something that has been woefully misunderstood. This story isn't just about sex (hell if you want a true dom/sub story, there are books out there that make this one look like a Sunday school picnic). This is a story of redemptive love. How a broken and demonic man was saved by a lovely, innocent girl (this is how it mirrors Twilight...another woefully misunderstood story). The sex is just window dressing. At heart, again like Twilight, it's just a love story. Hope these filmmakers get to the heart of it because if they don't, we'll just be left with a sexploitative (sp?) romp.

  • nightgoat72 | June 19, 2013 10:23 PM

    Hahahahahaha

  • Hawk | June 19, 2013 9:03 PMReply

    Armie Hammer - Respect +

  • DArtagnan | June 19, 2013 7:01 PMReply

    My esteem for Armie Hammer has just gone up.

  • Ugh | June 19, 2013 5:49 PMReply

    Would not be surprised if her hubby took the lead role. He's a little young but who gives a fuck

  • jon | June 19, 2013 5:11 PMReply

    "Love You More" is a great short.

  • Jordan | June 19, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    Wow! Gus van Sant wanted it so badly that he even sent test footage and they went with her instead? Would love to see Gus' directing this!

  • AE | June 20, 2013 10:41 AM

    Agree STW over Vant Sant?! Vant Sant might have just had me interested in this project.

  • triny | June 19, 2013 4:24 PMReply

    Hammer just became my new favorite person lol, what a great answer.

  • oogle monster | June 19, 2013 4:11 PMReply

    By the time they announce casting details it will be 2015. But by all means, please take your time Universal.

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