‘Fifty Shades of Grey’s’ Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct Ted Kennedy Thriller

After deciding not to return to direct the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel, Sam Taylor-Johnson has found her next project in a film just named to the 2015 Black List.

Taylor-Johnson is in talks to direct the Ted Kennedy political thriller “Chappaquiddick,” sources tell Variety.

Mark Ciardi is producing the pic. The script, written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, tells the true story of what is described as the most dramatic week of Senator Ted Kennedy’s life. Kennedy was famously involved in a tragic car accident in 1969 that resulted in the death of former campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne, thwarting his political career.

Apex Entertainment developed the script with DMG Entertainment and is fully financing the project through its newly launched Apex Capital film fund. Casting is underway with shooting set to begin in spring.

The film marks the first project Taylor-Johnson has boarded following the massive success of her adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which hauled a record-breaking $570.5 million at the worldwide box office.

She is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment. UTA Independent Film Group will handle domestic rights.

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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