Fifty Shades Darker will be 'more of a thriller'
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."
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.