Tuesday 16 July 2019

Fifty Shades Darker will be 'more of a thriller'

Fifty Shades of Grey
Fifty Shades of Grey
Actress Dakota Johnson (left), actor Jamie Dornan and director Sam Taylor-Johnson pose for photographers on the red carpet for the world premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey (AP)
E.L. James with her copy of her beststelling book '50 Shades of Grey'
British writer E L James (L) and her Irish-born husband Niall Leonard walk on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of Fifty 'Shades of Grey' as part of Berlinale Special Gala at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin, on February 11, 2015.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

The big-screen sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey will be "more of a thriller" according to Universal.

Universal chairman Donna Langley revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that Fifty Shades Darker will channel a different vibe.

Speaking about the creative differences between author EL James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson (who won't return for the sequels), she said,  “For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make."

El James Irish husband Niall Leonard has come on board to write the script for the second instalment in the erotic movie franchise and Langley said, "He actually did a draft that wasn't credited on the first movie, and he did a really good job."

Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker
Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker

Fifty Shades of Grey starred Jamie Dornan as young billionaire Christian Grey who dates college graduate Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and introduces her to the world of BDSM.

The film was panned by critics but has bagged $569m worldwide.  Langley said the follow-up with will be more of a thriller than Fifty Shades which played out like a classic love story, albeit with hardcore sex at the centre.

Both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Fanning are reportedly still on board although a new director has yet to be found.

Fifty Shades Darker will be released on February 10, 2017, while Fifty Shades Freed will open the following year on February 9, 2018.

EL James enlists Irish husband Niall Leonard to pen Fifty Shades of Grey sequel as release dates revealed 

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