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Naomi Watts to star in new Netflix thriller, Gypsy

Naomi Watts is heading to Netflix: The film actress is set to star in a new series titled Gypsy about a therapist who forms close, questionable relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.

The psychological thriller’s first season will consist of 10 hour-long episodes, and Fifty Shades of Grey’s Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct the first two, Netflix announced Monday. Liza Chasin and Lisa Rubin will executive-produce along with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Andrew Stearn, and Watts.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' director cut the book's most talked-about scene

For fans of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey, there are many memorable scenes that will play out on the big screen: Ana and Christian’s introduction, his visit to the hardware store, their first night in the Red Room of Pain. However, there is one scene that readers won’t get to see—though odds are that many fans won’t be upset about the omission.

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Fifty Shades of Grey: 6 biggest changes from page to screen

For the most part, Fifty Shades of Grey’s big-screen adaptation is very true to the book—from Ana and Christian’s interview at the very beginning to a few scenes featuring dialogue lifted directly from E.L. James. (Not to mention the many lip bites and spankings in between.)

But, as is always the case with adaptations, there are minor differences from book to film. We’re not going to talk about how Christian bought Ana a Blackberry in the book, how their visit to IHOP didn’t make the cut, or how the film didn’t mention how Mrs. Robinson is also a “business partner” of Christian. Instead, let’s look at some of the more significant changes that director Sam Taylor-Johnson made when adapting the text.

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One and done: Why do so many directors leave major franchises after successfully launching the first film?

Fifty Shades of Grey has grossed more than half a billion dollars worldwide, rocketed newcomers Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan into the stratosphere, and confirmed that sex really does sell on the big screen. But despite all this success, media reports suggest that the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, will likely not return to direct the sequel. Should she step away from the kinky trilogy—Universal Studios says no decision has been made and the producers are still weeks away from discussing Fifty Shades Darker—the British director would join a growing number of filmmakers who have launched major movie franchises based on best-selling books, only to hand over the reins to someone else for the follow-ups. 

Catherine Hardwicke left the Twilight universe after the first film grossed $392.6 million worldwide. The Hunger Games director Gary Ross left after just one turn in the arena, despite the fact that he’d just unleashed a $2.3 billion global juggernaut. Even Divergent director Neil Burger stepped off the YA-fiction hit after his Shailene Woodley-starring film racked up some serious coin. And of course the mother of all book franchises, Harry Potter, saw Chris Columbus helm the first two before three other directors finished the magical series. The question is: Why?

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The sexy short film that helped 'Fifty Shades of Grey' director land the job

Image Credit: Jon Furniss/Invision/AP

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson says it’s the love story at the center of Fifty Shades of Grey that drew her to the project. But for readers familiar with the sexually elicit trilogy, which begins filming in Vancouver next week, Fifty Shades of Grey is no traditional love story.

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