Yesterday was Christian Grey's birthday, but today Fifty Shades fans around the world are celebrating another special occasion – we finally have a director! E L James made the announcement on Twitter earlier today.
I'm delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of Fifty Shades of Grey.— E L James (@E_L_James) June 19, 2013
Universal Pictures and Focus Features have chosen British director Sam Taylor-Johnson to helm the film adaptation of James' bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. Even though many observers felt a female director would be ideal (yes, Sam is a woman!) the choice of 46-year old Taylor-Johnson is still surprising, given the high profile of the project and her limited number of credits. She only has one feature film directing credit to her name – 2009's Nowhere Boy, a chronicle of John Lennon's early years. The film garnered the rookie director a pair of BAFTA nominations and was well received by critics. Formerly Sam Taylor-Wood, the director married the star of the film, 23-year-old British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson.