Universal Pictures sets release dates for ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ sequels

The first film has grossed over $568 million (£375 million) million at cinemas worldwide

Universal Pictures has confirmed the release dates of its two sequels to Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Fifty Shades Darker, based on the second novel in E.L. James’ erotic trilogy, will open in cinemas on February 10, 2017. Fifty Shades Freed, based on James’ third and most recent novel, will follow on February 9, 2018.

The original Fifty Shades Of Grey film, which stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, opened on February 13 this year (2015) and has now grossed over $568 million (£375 million) at the global box office despite 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.

It was revealed on Wednesday (April 22) that the screenplay to Fifty Shades Darker will be written by Niall Leonard, husband of EL James, whose previous screenwriting credits include numerous episodes of British TV shows Wire In The Blood, Monarch Of The Glen and Wild At Heart. The sequel’s director has yet to be announced.

A teaser for Fifty Shades Darker will appear on the Digital HD release of Fifty Shades Of Grey on May 1 and Blu-ray release on May 8, Universal Pictures has also announced.