'Fifty Shades of Grey' director Sam Taylor-Johnson drops out of sequel

Despite "Fifty Shades of Grey" becoming a worldwide hit, grossing over $558 million at the box office internationally, director Sam Taylor-Johnson won’t be returning to helm the sequel, "Fifty Shades Darker."

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Variety cites multiple sources saying the director’s "constant arguments with author E.L. James over the direction of the film during its production forced Taylor-Johnson to reconsider her options."

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel also won’t be returning for "Fifty Shades Darker," though the film's stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are on board to star in the erotic adaptation.

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