How Sam Taylor-Johnson Will Follow 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

The director says she hasn't selected her next project, explaining that she and her actor husband Aaron (who is currently shooting Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals') don't work at the same time.
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Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson

A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 30 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the second-highest-grossing film by a female director in 2015 (behind Elizabeth Banks for Pitch Perfect 2), but the Fifty Shades of Grey helmer has yet to choose her next project, she tells THR

"Aaron and I have a rule that we don't work at the same time, and he's shooting Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals," she says, referring to her husband, actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson. "While he's on night shoots in the desert, I'm home with the kids. He'll finish in a couple of months and we'll see."

Asked for her take on the pay disparity between female and male directors, the British helmer says: "There's a whole new wave of support for that thanks to Patricia (Arquette) and her great Oscar speech. The most important thing now is for that agenda to stay at the top."

Taylor-Johnson's other directing credits include Nowhere Boy. Her Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed north of $569 million worldwide.