The upcoming erotic film adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey is set to be one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, but Director Sam Taylor-Johnson says the stress of meeting those expectations has been like “walking a knife edge.”;
“I’m literally going out of my mind,”; she says in the March issue of Red. “I have seen this film over a thousand times and I’m now in a blancmange. But the nuances within – the tiniest shift, look, blink of an eye – can make all the difference and flip it into the wrong territory.”;
Taylor-Johnson recalls in hindsight what her life has been like since taking on the project, which is based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel: “The moment I stepped out of the meeting, I stepped onto one of those bullet trains. The doors closed and I couldn’t get off. The speed, the velocity, was unbelievable. I need to get off and breathe and think about something else.”;
The filmmaker admits that one of the biggest challenges was retaining her creative control of the film. “There are so many voices,”; she says. “You have to try and keep all those people at bay. You think, you hired me because I’m a creative artist with a vision. Don’t try and knock it out of me.”
But for a film that has such an enormous and passionate fan base already, Taylor-Johnson confirms she stayed true to the story, “I’ve practically eaten it. I have read it over and over.”;
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson and hits theatres on February 13.
Read the full interview in the March issue of Red, on sale January 29.