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While little-known director Sam Taylor-Johnson was considered a shocking choice to helm the film adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey," the series' author has nothing but praise for her.

In a recent interview with Vulture, author E.L. James said that she didn't have the only voice in selecting Taylor-Johnson -- "It wasn't just me! There's a huge friggin' studio behind this," she said -- but that a lot of thought went into the process of choosing the right director for the sure-to-be-steamy project.

"That's the wonderful thing about doing it this way, is you compile a team who really know what they're doing, who are incredibly talented, and you listen to what they have to say," James said.

James was "blown away" by Taylor-Johnson's films, including the 2009 feature "Nowhere Boy," about the life of young John Lennon.

"She's creative, incredibly talented, she's got an extraordinary eye," James said. "She had a good idea about the whole 'Fifty' experience, she understands it. And I thought, There's a woman I can go and get drunk with."

Sounds like the pair will have a lot of fun working together. "Fifty Shades of Grey" is due out August 1, 2014.

[via Vulture]
Sam Taylor-Johnson Hired As '50 Shades Of Grey' Director

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