"Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful," she told Deadline in an official statement. "I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota and Jamie. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three."
The director reportedly clashed with author EL James, who was heavily involved in the first film as a producer. Jamie Dornan, who played S&M billionaire Christian Grey, has confirmed he'll continue to reprise his role despite rumors he was quitting.
While it's disappointing Sam Taylor-Johnson is stepping down since she did such a great job on the first film, we're excited to see a new vision of Christian and Anastasia's romance brought to life on the big screen.