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The Fifty Shades Of Grey sequel Fifty Shades Darker may be closing in on a director. Following the news that Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first film starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, wouldn’t be returning for a second movie, Universal are apparently favouring House Of Cards director James Foley for ‘Darker’.
Foley is also the man behind the brilliant Glengarry Glen Ross, so he absolutely has the credentials for the project.
TheWrap, who broke the news of Foley’s hiring, said that Universal ‘initially sought another female filmmaker to replace Taylor-Johnson, they ultimately decided to hire the best director for the high-profile job.’
Fifty Shades Of Grey kicked off an amazing, and indeed record-breaking year for Universal, and despite the scathing reviews that the film received, managed to »
- Paul Heath
Well, help yourself to a few quid from the prize pot if you saw this one coming. Assuming there’s a few quid in there. Universal is keen to get up and running on Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up Fifty Shades Of Darker early next year, but there’s the small matter of a new director to find.
Sam Taylor-Johnson, who helmed Fifty Shades Of Grey, opted out of the sequel, and all the pointers are in the direction of a not very happy working relationship with the book’s author, E L James. That notwithstanding, the studio has a working shortlist of three directors, and at the top – and apparently the frontrunner by distance – is James Foley.
Deadline reports that James Foley is the top choice to direct Fifty Shades Darker, set to come out February 10, 2017. He would replace Sam Taylor-Johnson, the helmer of the first film, who notably fought the books' author, E.L. James, for creative control. Foley comes with an impressive résumé that began with such films as At Close Range and Glengarry Glen Ross, and lately includes TV episodes of House of Cards and Hannibal. (He's also the guy behind this iconic, potentially career-foreshadowing, wild roller-coaster scene in 1996's Fear.) Foley would potentially join returning stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, and work off a script penned by Niall Leonard, James's husband, also a new addition. Deadline forecasts Foley will probably stay on for the final film, Fifty Shades Freed — as long as everybody plays nicely. Well, not too nicely. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Shortly after the release of Universal Pictures' blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, it was confirmed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not come back to make the movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. One month later, it was revealed that author E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay adaptation, with the studio setting a February 10, 2017 release date. Today we have word from Deadline that filmmaker James Foley is the front runner to direct this hotly-anticipated follow-up.
This report also reveals that he may also sign on to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, which has been given a February 9, 2018 release date. The studio is still working out whether or not they should shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are coming back to reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
Negotiations haven't started yet for James Foley to take the helm, »
Veteran filmmaker James Foley has emerged as the frontrunner to direct "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming sequel to the blockbuster adaptation of E.L. James erotic novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" that stormed the box-office back in February.
E.L. James' husband, screenwriter Niall Leonard, adapted his the book, and both Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca return to produce the follow-up which is moving forward after the first film scored $569 million worldwide from a $40 million production budget, despite some scathing reviews.
The Wrap reports that several other directors who were up for the coveted gig but are now being notified that they're no longer in the running. Another female filmmaker was initially sought to replace Sam Taylor-Johnson who helmed the first one, but they instead opted for the best candidate they had which was Foley.
- Garth Franklin
Even as Fifty Shades of Grey was being released to theaters this past February, we knew that director Sam Taylor-Johnson wasn’t likely to be back to direct the adaptation of the sequel novel, Fifty Shades Darker. There was talk of a power play on the part of novel author E.L. James, who reportedly wanted to […]
The post James Foley in Line to Direct ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel, Could Also Make the Third Film appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
It sounds like the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel has a director. A source tells me James Foley will likely direct Fifty Shades Darker. Another source says he is the frontrunner, but no deal has been signed yet. Deadline was the first to report that Foley would likely be getting the coveted gig. Foley most recently directed 12 episodes of House of Cards. His film credits include At Close Range, Glengarry Glenn Ross, Who's That Girl and Perfect Stranger, among others. He directed several music videos for Madonna, who starred in Who's That Girl. Fifty Shades Darker is E.L. James' 2012 follow-up to Fifty Shades of Grey. 50 Shades hit the big screen in February and stars »
With the success of Fifty Shades Of Grey, Universal is naturally ploughing ahead with the sequel (and, potentially, a third film shot back to back). Since Sam Taylor Johnson famously clashed with novelist E.L. James, the hunt has been on for a new director ready for Fifty Shades Darker and according to Deadline, James Foley is the top choice for the job.Foley, who has directed the likes of Fear, Glen Garry Glen Ross, After Dark, My Sweet, Perfect Stranger and Confidence, was apparently among a small group of filmmakers in contention, and has broken from the pack to become Universal’s preferred candidate. But negotiations still have to lock in a deal, and there’s some consideration whether the studio wants to make just Darker or add Fifty Shades Freed to the schedule, and keep Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in place. Which could also help them stay engaged with their characters. »
Things didn't go smoothly with Sam Taylor-Johnson on the set of "Fifty Shades Of Grey": the director clashed with author E.L. James over the adaptation of her "Twilight" fan fiction literary erotica adaptation. Taylor-Johnson made it pretty clear she wouldn't return for the sequel, and it has taken a while for Universal to sort everything out, including negotiating with James over who should write the script (it will be her husband). But it seems the studio is now ready to find a director to guide the next sexy adventure in this unlikely franchise. Read More: Review: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Starring Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan THR reports that James Foley, Mark Pellington and Tanya Wexler are all up for the gig. Wait, who? Foley is probably the most well known of the three, helming the excellent screen adaptation of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross," along with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It looks like Universal is close to finding a director for the next installment of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise.
While no offer has been delivered, sources tell Variety that James Foley is the frontrunner to land the “Fifty Shades Darker” job and that an offer should be delivered shortly for the TV and film helmer, who has most recently worked on “House of Cards.”
Execs had been meeting with directors over the past several months since announcing that Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first of the trilogy, would not be returning as director.
Production will begin in the first quarter of 2016, with the film set to bow on Feb. 14, 2017, so Foley will have time to assess the script and form his strategy. »
- Justin Kroll
After working with producer Dana Brunetti on numerous episodes of “House of Cards,” veteran filmmaker James Foley has emerged as the frontrunner to direct “Fifty Shades Darker,” the sequel to Universal’s blockbuster hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Other directors who were up for the coveted gig have started to be notified that they didn’t get it. E.L. James’ husband, screenwriter Niall Leonard, adapted his wife’s bestselling book, and Michael De Luca returns to produce the steamy sequel with Brunetti. Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will reprise their roles as Christian Grey and. »
- Jeff Sneider
Deadline is reporting that Universal may have found a director for its Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, in James Foley. Perhaps best known for his work on Netflix’s House of Cards as well as the 1992 film, Glengarry Glen Ross, the director is said to be on top of the studio’s list and negotiations are set to begin shortly. Furthermore, if all goes well, Universal will try to lock him down for the third film, Fifty Shades Freed.
Sam Taylor-Johnson was behind the camera for Fifty Shades of Grey, but refused to return after having a horrible experience on set with author E.L. James. In fact, Taylor-Johnson even went so far as to say that the whole thing made her never want to direct a movie again.
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As for Foley, he’s certainly an intriguing pick and definitely an unexpected one. »
- James Garcia
Exclusive: James Foley has emerged as the clear front runner to direct Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to Universal’s saucy blockbuster. There is speculation that he might well direct Fifty Shades Freed, the third installment of the E.L. James novel trilogy, but that is still yet to be worked out on whether the studio goes for a back to back climax of the series. Scripts have been written by Niall Leonard, the novelist and screenwriter who is the husband of the trilogy’s… »
Here's how Superman inspired me to go to Bdsm school. Recently, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, essentially trolled “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans. Franchise Herald (via E! Online and USA Today) reports that the "Man of Steel" star initially indicated that it was a possibility that he may appear in the "Fifty Shades" sequel, only to later confess that he was just “messing” with both the media and the book and movie fandom. This got Donna Dickens and myself on the topic of the popular E.L. James book series and subsequent movie adaptation. We’re not here to debate the relative merits of either, though. I wrote a piece for HitFix some time ago outlining my take on why some women were responding to the "Fifty Shades" mothership -- "Twilight." For those who don't know, the "Fifty Shades of Grey" novels began as "Twilight" fanfic. You can read that here: "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 »
- Roth Cornet, Donna Dickens
We must have been asleep/drinking coffee/trying to complete level 22 of Donkey Kong when this rumour came in, but apparently, there are reports linking Superman himself, Henry Cavill, with a role in the next Fifty Shades Of Grey film.
The next movie is set for release in February 2017, and will be based on E L James' book Fifty Shades Darker. And on the promotional trail for his new movie, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (how much we love typing that out), Cavill has played the rumours with a straight forward defensive shot.
"Basically what I can say is I can't say anything about it right now", Cavill told E! News. He's been linked with the role of Anastasia Steele's boss, Jake Hyde.
He also responded on the rumours to Entertainment Tonight as well. »
Perhaps fittingly, Fifty Shades fans always go crazy for a good tease. And the possibility of Henry Cavill taking on a role in the upcoming Fifty Shades Darker has certainly proven enough to get their tongues wagging. With rumors flying around about the Man of Steel himself romancing Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) in the planned sequel to this year’s “erotic romance” (I’d disagree with both those labels), Et Online recently took the chance to ask the star about his potential involvement.
Instead of shutting down talk that he might take on a role, Cavill chose to feed the rumor mill. “How can I make this interesting?” he said. “I think it’s probably best that I say nothing for now.” Pressed for further comment, he added, “At this time, I’m not allowed to say anything.”
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If nothing else, Cavill’s caginess would »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Minions,” which this weekend scored the second biggest opening ever for an animated feature, is just the latest hit from Universal Pictures in a year that has overflowed with breakouts and blockbusters.
Thanks to the “Despicable Me” spinoff, “Pitch Perfect 2″ and “Jurassic World,” Universal tops all of its rivals in terms of market share, and is likely to be the first studio in history to field three films that top $1 billion globally in a single year.
The studio’s remarkable run is in marked contrast to five years ago, when Universal was mired in last place among the six major Hollywood players, weighed down by costly disappointments such as “The Green Zone” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.” Its hard climb back to the top is a reminder that, just as Nathaniel Hawthorne famously said of American families, studios are always rising and falling in Hollywood.
Going into 2015, most »
- Brent Lang
Continuing our weekly look at "Orange Is the New Black" season 3, two episodes at a time, I have a review of episodes 7 & 8 coming up just as soon as this blog is not a kinky sex fantasy set in space... "You don't ever have to speak with me. I hear you." -Guru Mack The inmate flashbacks on "Orange" have tended to function like the ones on "Lost." They allow us to get to know who individual characters were long before they wound up in this strange place, forced to interact with strangers whom they would never have otherwise met, and they help us to better understand both how they got to Litchfield and why they act the way they do. And unlike "Lost," which had a finite number of people on that island we cared about — and had an uneven track record at trying to expand that number — "Orange" has a »
- Alan Sepinwall
Are you ready for some Red Room scoop? E L James is making the publicity rounds for her latest book, Grey, a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's perspective. The latest stop? A Twitter Q&A with fans, which got a little out of hand when Twitter users questioned her ability to write and the series's possible promotion of sexual abuse. The author waded though tons of questions and answered some good ones about the books, what she would have done differently, and what she's working on now. (Two romance novels!) Instead of deciphering the Q&A yourself, just read our summary of the most important parts below. Source: Getty If she could change anything about the books, she would have split up Ana and Christian for longer at the end of Fifty Shades of Grey. Her favorite part of Grey is Christian's relationship with Elliot; it was »
E.L. James’ Twitter Q&A took a turn when critics took over and confronted the Fifty Shades of Grey author about her controversial work. #AskELJames Gets Ugly James hosted a Twitter Q&A on Monday, June 29, to celebrate the release of her newest novel, Grey, a retelling of Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian Grey’s point […]
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- Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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