Sam Taylor-Johnson won't return direct 'Fifty Shades' sequel

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"Fifty Shades of Grey" stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are leaving very little to the imagination ahead of the film's big release on Feb. 13. 
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson attend the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Dakota Johnson and actor Jamie Dornan attend the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 11: Actress Dakota Johnson and actor Jamie Dornan attend the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' premiere during the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival at Zoo Palast on February 11, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Dakota Johnson admits that she sometimes questions her decision to take on the virginal role of Anastasia Steele in the highly anticipated erotic book-turned-movie Fifty Shades of Grey, according to ETOnline.
She’s on a promotional blitz for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which debuts this weekend, and Dakota Johnson just made a surprising comparison to her film and Harry Potter.
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Fan First Screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK NY - FEBRUARY 06: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan seen at 'Today Show' studios on February 06, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey in the upcoming 'Fifty Shades of Grey' film.
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Presenters Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan speak onstage during the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 02: Presenter E.L. James (L) and Jamie Dornan, winner of the Vertu Breakthrough award, attend the GQ Men Of The Year awards in association with Hugo Boss at The Royal Opera House on September 2, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson attend the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' New York fan first screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Actors Jamie Dornan (L) and Dakota Johnson attend the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' New York Fan First screening at Ziegfeld Theatre on February 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
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Despite Fifty Shades of Grey becoming a worldwide hit, grossing over $558 million at the box office internationally, director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be returning to helm the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.

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Variety cites multiple sources saying the director's "constant arguments with author E.L. James over the direction of the film during its production forced Taylor-Johnson to reconsider her options."

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel also won't be returning for Fifty Shades Darker, though the film's stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are on board to star in the erotic adaptation.

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Variety reports that James is interested in adapting the second book herself. Universal is reportedly considering that option, but plans to take meetings before making a final decision.

Production on Fifty Shades Darker is slated to begin in early 2016.

WATCH: Rumors Suggest Jamie Dornan Won't Return to 'Fifty Shades' (Yeah, Right!)

Jamie Dornan addressed rumors that he was leaving the Fifty Shades franchise earlier this year. See more in the video below.

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