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There isn’t a script yet, they haven’t started shooting, and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are still in contract negotiations to star in the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, but, nonetheless, Universal unveiled the first look at Fifty Shades Darker which shows us a masked Christian Grey.
Earlier at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the studio presented its upcoming film slate including the sequel to the R-rated hit, Fifty Shades of Grey. You can mark your calendars now- the studio announced that Fifty Shades Darkerwill hit theatres on February 10, 2017, and the third act, Fifty Shades Freed on February 9, 2018.
It was also announced that author E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, himself an author in his own right, would pen the screenplay for the sequel. Leonard reportedly had a hand in the screenplay for Fifty Shades of Grey but is uncredited.
Check out Jamie Dornan as a masked Christian Grey »
- Rachel West
The unrated edition of Fifty Shades of Grey will be available on Digital HD on May 1 and Blu-ray on May 8, but you don't have to wait until then to get a peek at the extras - including a tiny tease of Fifty Shades Darker! The first still from the sequel was released along with this teaser, which features more interviews with the cast and writer E L James. At the end, the title Fifty Shades Darker flashes, then the words, "The Fantasy Continues." Frankly, it's a little anticlimactic, but at least we have the first image of Christian Grey! »
Ready the blindfolds. Fifty Shades of Grey is coming to Digital HD on May 1 and Blu-ray on May 8, and as a little reward, the first image from the sequel Fifty Shades Darker has been released. It's a seductive black-and-white picture of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) hiding under a mask. The release dates for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed were announced on Thursday, with the former set for a Feb. 10, 2017, release. E L James's husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay for the sequel, but no director has been selected since Sam Taylor-Johnson left the franchise in March. What do you think of the teaser image? Are you craving more? »
This is quite a hot-and-heavy week for "Fifty Shades" news. On Thursday, Universal Pictures revealed the release dates for the second and third movies in the "Fifty Shades" trilogy. The second movie, "Fifty Shades Darker," is scheduled for February 10, 2017. The third movie, "Fifty Shades Freed," is scheduled for February 9, 2018.
On Friday, Universal shared the first image from "Fifty Shades Darker" - the photo shown (via AccessHollywood.com) of Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, preparing for more masked action. (He's an S&M superhero!)
The whole "Fifty Shades" mania started because of author E.L. James, and her own husband, Niall Leonard, was hired to write the script for "Darker." If you're interested in getting caught up, the first movie, "Fifty Shades of Grey," is coming out on DVD/Blu-ray on May 8. »
- Gina Carbone
Universal has released the first image of Jamie Dornan from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel, “Fifty Shades Darker.” In the photo, Christian Grey (Dornan) wears a tuxedo and appears to be putting on a black masquerade mask, presumably preparing for more erotic adventures with Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). “Fifty Shades of Grey” generated plenty of controversy while in theaters, but that didn’t stop the film from grossing almost $600 million globally. See Photos: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' London Premiere: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson Steam Up Red Carpet Niall Leonard, the husband of series author E.L. James, has »
- Joe Otterson
On Thursday, Universal Pictures announced the sequel release dates to Fifty Shades Of Grey. Fifty Shades Darker will be released on February 10, 2017 and Fifty Shades Freed will bow on February 9, 2018.
To celebrate the official announcement, Wamg is giving away copies of the film.
Fifty Shades Of Grey, the global phenomenon that grossed more than $500 million globally, comes to Digital HD Friday, May 1, 2015 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand Friday, May 8, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
Based on E. L. James’ best-selling novel, the Blu-ray and Digital HD include an exclusive unrated version that features a never-before-seen alternate ending along with almost two hours of all-new bonus features that go behind the scenes of this year’s hottest romance.
Shy and unassuming literature student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) finds her life forever altered when she interviews the enigmatic Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and is dazzled by the charismatic entrepreneur and his high-flying lifestyle. »
- Movie Geeks
Universal Pictures has been busy at CinemaCon over in the Us, with news that two of its big franchise are officially getting sequels. Fast & Furious 8 is coming in 2017, and now we have the official confirmation for the release of the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels.
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are set to go into production soon, and will be released on February 10th, 2017 and February 9th, 2018 respectively. Furthermore, news broke yesterday from The Hollywood Reporter that E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, is writing the screenplay for Darker.
Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and quickly became a global phenomenon. The story follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release, and the trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide.
Both Dornan and Johnson have signed on for the sequels, »
- Scott J. Davis
In attempt to get ahead of the rest of the field and lock down dates for the next installments in two of its most lucrative franchises, Universal announced release dates for Furious 8, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed today at its CinemaCon panel. We learned earlier this month the Fast & Furious franchise operates a bit backwards, locking down a firm release date and then building the key action set-pieces in the film before finally writing a narrative to connect each sequence, and now it seems the first step in that process is complete as Furious 8 will bow in theaters April 14, 2017. Furious 7 continues to light up the box office with little standing in its way until Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters next week, as its worldwide total now stands at $1.158 billion. readmore postid="173096" amz asin="B00NCDVVLY" size="small"In other sequel news, Fifty Shades Darker (teased above »
- Jordan Benesh
Looking for the latest news on upcoming movie sequels? We got you. Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed announced for 2017 and 2018 Above: The first teaser image of Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker, due in theaters in February 2017. Both Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be back for the two sequels following one of this year's biggest hits, Fifty Shades of Grey, and while they're still looking for a replacement for director Sam Taylor-Johnson, the first sequel has hired Niall Leonard to write the script. Leonard's name might sound familiar to those hardcore fans of the series as he is the husband of Fifty Shades author E.L. James. This will be Leonard's first script for a major studio. Previously he has done work for some British...
- Erik Davis
Get fifty shades of excited! The Fifty Shades of Grey sequels both have release dates. Fifty Shades Darker, the next film in the franchise, will come out on Feb. 10, 2017, about two years from the first film's release date. The third movie, Fifty Shades Freed, only needs one more year before it comes out - it will follow on Feb. 9, 2018. The release date news comes just as we learned that E.L. James's husband will write the sequel. Stay tuned for more details on the films! »
Universal has announced the release dates for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Despite a challenging collaboration between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and series author E.L. James, the first film weathered a resounding negative critical reaction to become a smash hit at the box office - not exactly a surprise considering the zeal for which the fandom is known. Now those loyal fans of the series can pencil in their calendars. Keeping with the Valentine's Day targeted release, the second film will hit theaters February 10, 2017 with the third lined up for February 9, 2018. Here's the official tweet from the FiftyShades twitter account: The Fantasy Continues: #FiftyShadesDarker will be released on 2/10/17 and #FiftyShadesFreed on 2/9/18. https://t.co/eEdZQJTQCJ — Fifty Shades of Grey (@FiftyShades) April 23, 2015 Yesterday, we reported that James' husband, Niall Leonard, an author an screenwriter in his own right, will pen the script for Fifty Shades Darker. »
- Haleigh Foutch
After the big box office success of the first film, which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide since its release in February, it looks like Universal is sticking with the Valentine’s Day draw.
It was revealed earlier this week that Niall Leonard, husband of “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, will write the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are still attached to reprise their lead roles, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing.
- Alex Stedman
In January’s The Boy Next Door, there was an early scene where handsome stalker Noah (Ryan Guzman) presents object-of-his-affection Claire (Jennifer Lopez) with a “first-edition copy” of The Iliad. Audiences guffawed. Foolish Noah, The Iliad was written almost 3,000 years ago! Nice try, you dumb, hunky movie.Then, in February’s 50 Shades of Grey, there was an early scene in which handsome stalker Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) presented his object of affection, lip-biting doormat Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), with an entire set of first-edition books. Sure, that was a plot point in the E.L. James novel 50 Shades was adapted from, but wasn’t it so much more fun to read that moment as a trash-camp homage to The Boy Next Door? 2015 was off to such a rip-roaring, weirdly specific start, where it seemed like every movie sexcapade would first be kicked off by the ceremonial giving and receiving of classics you »
- Kyle Buchanan
Good news arrived Thursday for Fifty Shades of Grey fans. Universal announced that Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to the box-office blockbuster will hit theaters on Feb. 10, 2017. The third film in the series, Fifty Shades Freed, will debut Feb. 9, 2018. The news came one day after The Hollywood Reporter reported exclusively that the husband of Fifty Shades trilogy author E.L. James will write the script for the second film. Niall Leonard, who is married to and has two sons with the British author, is an author himself, in addition to being a screenwriter. James, whose real name is Erika
- Pamela McClintock, Rebecca Ford
Niall Leonard, the husband of Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James, will pen the screenplay for the movie adaptation of the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. E.L. James’ Husband Writing ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel Fifty Shades producer Michael De Luca confirmed Leonard’s hiring Wednesday. “Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established […]
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- Chelsea Regan
It’s actually been a solid month since we’ve heard anything related to the voracious Valentine’s Day domination of Fifty Shades of Grey. After the movie left red marks on the back of pop-culture following a ubiquitous spanking, the film’s sequel found itself in a holding pattern due to conceptual chaos between original book author E.L. James and the film’s creative forces. Now, it seems that could be settled, since the sequel’s screenwriter will be none other than James’ husband! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the upcoming sequel to the ribald, record-breaking box-office smash will be bringing on a screenwriter who might work better with E.L. James…her husband, Niall Leonard. In an apparent attempt to mitigate the behind-the-scenes creative clashes, it appears that the studio will keep things domestic as the upcoming franchise follow-up, »
With over a half a billion dollars banked from this year's Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, it's surprising that it's taken Universal Pictures so long to get moving on the second book of E L James' trilogy, Fifty Shades Darker. But, as you probably know, things haven't really been too straightforward.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who was signed up to direct the entire trilogy of Fifty Shades films, quit the sequel. It had been little secret that she and E L James didn't exactly see eye to eye, and given that James has creative sign-off over the movies, it was a fight that ultimately only one person could win.
Also not returning is screenwriter Kelly Marcel. And the report had been that James herself was to have a go at penning the script for Fifty Shades Darker. »
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has enlisted her husband Niall Leonard to pen the script for "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming film adaptation of the second book in her 'Fifty Shades' novel trilogy.
Leonard worked on the script for the first 'Fifty Shades' film but was not credited. In a statement, producer Michael De Luca says: "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty."
Neither the first film's director Sam Taylor-Johnson or screenwriter Kelly Marcel are returning for the sequel. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are attached to reprise their roles in the film which has yet to set a production start date.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
I have to admit, I never saw this coming, but with the mass exodus from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise following the release of the first film -- both screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director Sam Taylor-Johnson are not returning -- word was author E.L. James wanted to write the screenplay for the film's sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. Well, it turns out that ain't happening, but in James' case it seems they may have got the next best thing, her husband, Niall Leonard. THR has the news and come to learn Leonard has written for several TV shows since the mid-'90s, though, admittedly none I'd ever heard of. The film' producer, Michael De Luca, however seems on the Leonard train saying, "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty." I don't know, in the »
- Brad Brevet
While the search continues for a new author-approved director to replace the recently-exited Sam Taylor-Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker now at least has a screenwriter. The sequel to Fifty Shades Of Grey will be adapted from E.L. James's novel by Niall Leonard.This will have gone down well with James, because Leonard is her husband. It should mean, if you will, that screenwriter and author stay on the same page, avoiding the 'creative differences' that dogged the first movie.Leonard doesn't yet have any other big screen or Hollywood credits to his name, but does have a long background in British TV. He wrote episodes of Wire In The Blood, Wild At Heart, Monarch Of The Glen and Hornblower, among many others (there's a smutty Hornblower / Fifty Shades joke here somewhere, but we'll leave you to make it yourselves). He also directed episodes of The Bill.It's further evidence of »
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