The two sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey will be shot back to back under the direction of James Foley. According to The Wrap, both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will go into production next year to be released February 10, 2017, and February 9, 2018, respectively.
Love it or loathe it there is no denying that the movie adaptation of E.L James’ bestseller was a big success taking more than $570 million at the box office. However, behind the scenes all wasn’t well with E.L James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson clashing over creative decisions. James wanted to stick closer to the source material, whereas Taylor-Johnson was angling for a little more subtlety. You could make a strong case that subtlety has no place in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie as the books were hardly written for those of a delicate disposition.
Universal gave James unprecedented levels of control over the final cut, and she has exercised that power to ensure the sequels are closer to the books. Earlier this year Niall Leonard was hired to write the scripts for both Darker and Freed, as he is married to E.L James I think it’s fair to assume that sticking to the source material won’t be an issue. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will reprise their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele for a second round in the red room.
Fifty Shades Darker will be steaming up cinemas from February 10, 2017.