FIFTY SHADES SUC­CESS DID NOTH­ING FOR ITS DI­REC­TOR

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE -

Film­maker Sam Tay­lorJohn­son says that she was of­fered “noth­ing” af­ter di­rect­ing Fifty Shades of Grey, based on the best­selling book of the same name.

In an in­ter­view to IndieWire, Sam opened up about how Fifty Shades of Grey, de­spite be­ing a suc­cess, stunted her ca­reer in cin­ema. The 51-year-old film­maker and pho­tog­ra­pher, who is mar­ried to ac­tor Aaron Tay­lor-John­son, 28, be­lieved that she’d be a hot com­mod­ity af­ter tak­ing on the screen adap­ta­tion of the book by E.L. James. There was good rea­son to be­lieve so — the first in­stal­ment of the Fifty Shades tril­ogy, star­ring Jamie Dor­nan and Dakota John­son, proved to be a box of­fice smash, rak­ing in $570 mil­lion world­wide in 2015.

Sam said, “You would be sur­prised at how... no, you would not be sur­prised, sadly. Noth­ing. I lit­er­ally was scram­bling still, in ex­actly the same po­si­tion I was prior to that [film]. I would say to my agent, ‘I love this book. I re­ally love it. What is the deal with it?’ They are go­ing to [di­rec­tors] Steven, Steven, David, David, and John.’ But I know I’m fully ca­pa­ble.” She is at the helm of an­other film adap­ta­tion of a book, James Frey’s A Mil­lion Lit­tle Pieces, which she has shown at the on­go­ing Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val and ex­plained that she had to fight to di­rect this film.

“It drives me crazy, not just for my­self, be­cause I have all that ex­pe­ri­ence and I’m pretty ballsy, I can punch through doors when they’ve slammed in my face. But I still want to weep at the sense of in­equal­ity,” said the film­maker.

I was scram­bling still, in ex­actly the same po­si­tion I was prior to that [film]. I’d say to my agent, ‘I love this book. What is the deal with it?’ They are go­ing to [di­rec­tors] Steven, David, and John.’ But I know I’m fully ca­pa­ble. SAM TAY­LOR­JOHN­SON FILM­MAKER

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM/ SAMTAYLORJOHNSON

Dakota John­son and Jamie Dor­nan starred in the Fifty Shades tril­ogy; Right: Film­maker Sam Tay­lor­John­son

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