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Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor Johnson has 'zero interest' in the films

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor Johnson has said she has "literally zero interest" in the films.

The artist and director was at the helm of the first big screen adaptation of EL James' erotic trilogy, which starred Co Down actor Jamie Doran as millionaire Christian Grey.

However, Taylor Johnson did not return to direct the series' sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, amid disagreements with James.

Speaking to The Sunday Times magazine, the director said she would be "mad" to go through the process of making another Fifty Shades film.

She said: "I can never say I regret it because that would just finish me off. With the benefit of hindsight would I go through it again? Of course I wouldn't. I'd be mad."

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Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the first Fifty Shades Of Grey film

Commenting on the sequels, she added: "I'm not going to ever watch them. I have literally zero interest."

The 2013 film version of James' record-breaking novel had a number of directors attached to it, including Stephen Soderbergh and Bill Condon, before Taylor Johnson took on the role.

She later admitted that making the film was a "struggle" and she was confused over why James disliked her.

“I like everyone – and I get really confused when they don’t like me," she said. "I don't understand when I can't navigate a person, when there's no synergy."

Multi-millionaire author EL James and husband Niall Leonard

It's understood the women clashed over the film's sex scenes, with Taylor Johnson telling Porter Magazine in 2015: "We would have proper on-set barneys. I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen."

The third film in the trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, is set for release in 2018 and will reunite Dornan with actress Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele.

The screenplay has once again been penned by James' husband, Newry man Niall Leonard, who also took over writing duties for Fifty Shades Darker.

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