Sam Taylor-Johnson is going from Grey to Black.
The Fifty Shades of Grey director is in talks to helm Chappaquiddick, a political thriller that just landed on this year’s Black List of hot unproduced screenplays, EW has confirmed.
Written by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, the fact-based film is to recount seven dramatic days in the life of Sen. Ted Kennedy: On the eve of the moon landing, he becomes entangled in a fatal car accident and then struggles to follow his moral compass while protecting his family’s legacy as well as his own political ambitions.
Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes of Apex Entertainment and Chris Cowles of DMG Entertainment are the producers.
Taylor-Johnson, a filmmaker with a visual-arts background, is best known for directing the first of three planned Fifty Shades movies, during which she reportedly clashed with author E.L. James. Taylor-Johnson and Universal officially parted ways on the sequels in March, with James Foley ultimately replacing her.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Taylor-Johnson circling Chappaquiddick.