Jun 20 2013, 4:30am CDT | by Luigi Lugmayr
Darren Aronofsky reportedly turned down 'Fifty Shades of Grey'.
The Oscar-nominated 'Black Swan' director was offered the opportunity to bring E.L. James' saucy novel to life on the big screen but rejected movie studio Universal's offer, resulting in Sam Taylor-Johnson landing the coveted spot, according to TheWrap.com.
The filmmaker was approached ''a month ago'' but decided against taking on the project as he is still finishing production on his new Biblical movie 'Noah', which is based on Noah's Ark and boasts an all-star cast including Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Emma Watson.
Taylor-Johnson was confirmed as director yesterday and said in a statement: ''I am excited to be charged with the evolution of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from page to screen.
The film will be based on E.L. James' saucy novel trilogy about a young, virginal assistant who embarks in a sexual relationship with her S&M-loving boss.
Source: Bang Movies
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