Sequels to the hit erotic drama are due in February 2017 and February 2018
Veteran director James Foley will shoot two sequels to Fifty Shades Of Grey back-to-back next year, according to a new report.
The original Fifty Shades Of Grey film starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson opened on February 13 this year (2015) and has now grossed more than $568million (£375 million) at the global box office despite receiving generally negative reviews. It was directed by Nowhere Boy‘s Sam Taylor-Johnson, who has previously announced that she won’t be returning to direct the sequels.
Fifty Shades Darker, based on the second novel in EL James’ erotic trilogy, is set to open in cinemas on February 10, 2017. Fifty Shades Freed, based on James’ third novel, will follow on February 9, 2018. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are both confirmed to be returning for the sequels, which are being made by Universal Pictures.
In August it was reported that Foley was “frontrunner” to direct the first sequel, but now TheWrap reports that he has actually been hired to make both films, and will shoot them back-to-back next year. However, Universal has yet to confirm this news with an official announcement.
Foley’s previous big-screen directing credits include 1987’s Who’s That Girl starring Madonna, and 1992’s Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon and Alec Baldwin. More recently, he has directed episodes of TV’s Hannibal and Wayward Pines, as well as several episodes of Netflix’s House Of Cards. One of the producers of House Of Cards, Dana Brunetti, also serves as a producer on the Fifty Shades trilogy.