15. Director Exits
Taylor-Johnson did not return to the franchise, a minimum of partly as a consequence of her issues working with James—who exercised as a lot inventive management as she might, even bringing in her husband, Niall Leonard, to put in writing the script for the sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
“We would have proper on-set barneys,” Taylor-Johnson recalled to Porter journal in 2015. “I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualize this person on screen.”
She additionally instructed The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 that James “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.” James stated in an look on MSNBC that “people are going to butt heads, and that is exactly what happened.”
Opening as much as the Sunday Times journal in 2017, Taylor-Johnson stated she did not remorse doing the movie, per se, “because that would just finish me off. With the benefit of hindsight would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn’t. I’d be mad.”
She continued, “I like everyone, and I get 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’s no synergy.”