Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the film adaptation of the erotic best-seller "Fifty Shades of Grey," otherwise known as the movie even fewer men will watch than the last "Sex and the City" flick.
Producers announced that Taylor-Johnson, a British visual artist and filmmaker whose only previous feature directing credit was the 2009 John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy," would helm the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades" film.
According to the Huffington Post, Taylor-Johnson said she would "honor the power" of the book, which has been devoured by millions women, and approximately 17 men.
Universal Pictures and Focus Features made the announcement Wednesday. Producer Michael De Luca said Taylor-Johnson's "unique ability to gracefully showcase complex relationships dealing with love, emotion and sexual chemistry make her the ideal director" for the story of an S&M-tinged affair between a billionaire and a young student.
"Fifty Shades" author E.L. James tweeted that she was "delighted and thrilled" by the choice. She'll be even more delighted and thrilled when more checks start rolling in.
No casting decisions have been announced yet.
The 46-year-old director is also one of Britain's best-known visual artists. Her works include a video portrait of a sleeping David Beckham, which hangs in London's National Portrait Gallery.
In 2012 Taylor-Johnsons, then 45, married "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson, 22, whom she met when he played the young Lennon in "Nowhere Boy." Both adopted the surname Taylor-Johnson.