The film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" will have one of Britian's best-known visual artists at the helm.
Author E.L. James announced via Twitter that photographer and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the movie based on her bestselling erotic novel.
"I'm delighted & thrilled to let you guys know that Sam Taylor-Johnson has agreed to direct the film of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,'" James tweeted Wednesday.
The first in a trilogy, "Fifty Shades," plays out an S&M-heavy affair between young college graduate Anastasia Steele and 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey.
“I am excited to be charged with the evolution of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from page to screen,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement. “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.”
The 46-year-old artist was nominated for a Turner Prize in 1998. Her well-known works include a video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham hanging at London's National Portrait Gallery and the book "Crying Men," which features 50 pages of famous men in tears, including Jude Law, Hayden Christiansen, Ryan Gosling and Paul Newman.
Taylor-Johnson made her directorial debut in the 2009 film "Nowhere Boy” about John Lennon's youth.
James' "Fifty Shades" trilogy are ebook and publishing sensations, selling more than 70 million copies worldwide since 2012. No actors have been announced for the film.
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