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Update: It sounds like director Joe Wright is out of the running for Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Deadline reports that the Atonement director's "schedule doesn’t work, and he’s completely out of the mix."

This might be bad news for us, but it is definitely good news for all the other directors out there!

Original story: Joe Wright has emerged as a frontrunner to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey film series, sources told The Hollywood Reporter.

It's still early days and there's no deal in place, so it's not official, but he has a relationship with Focus and Universal — which paid $5 million for movie rights to adapt the books — and so far the screenwriter (Kelly Marcel) and author (E.L. James) are also British, so it would be in keeping with the trend.

If Joe is chosen as Fifty Shades director, that would amp up the series's prestige factor and also perhaps hint to a role for Keira Knightley. (Although, Keira made her feelings pretty clear when she recently told MTV her next film would not be Fifty Shades of Grey, she hadn’t read the books, and didn’t feel like she needed to be part of the series.)

Forget the trade reports that Joe Wright will be director of Fifty Shades Of Grey. His schedule doesn’t work and he’s completely out of the mix, I’ve learned. The process of choosing a director for the global blockbuster book has just begun, and all Universal can hope is that audiences get as hot and bothered when the film is released, as journos are in spinning rumors based on little more than preliminary conversations. 

Joe directed Keira to an Oscar nomination in Pride & Prejudice, and they worked together again in Atonement and Anna Karenina. He also directed Hanna and The Soloist. He tends to work with the same actors over and over, including Matthew Macfadyen, Jena Malone and Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery.

That doesn’t mean that, if picked as director, he would cast one of them, but it shows the kind of high-caliber talent he attracts. This would not be a low-rent affair, if he were in charge.

What do you think? Should Joe sign on as director and class up this joint, or is he too highbrow an artist for such a raunchy series?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter