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E.L. James, you are such a tease! (And that's how you got rich.) The next movie in the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy -- "Fifty Shades Darker" -- isn't scheduled for release until February 10, 2017. But wheels appear to be in motion, since author E.L. James just shared three interesting photos on Instagram, including one with movie No. 2 director James Foley. Is he also going to direct No. 3?
Foley is scheduled to direct "Darker," based on the second book in James's series. The third book/movie, "Fifty Shades Freed," has a release date of February 9, 2018. Niall Leonard, who is also James's husband, has been announced as the writer for "Darker." But perhaps both are meant to join the team for No. 3.
Leonard and Foley are together in a photo James recently shared, after she posted a teaser just showing her "Darker" and "Freed" book covers, and a shot at Comcast NBCUniversal »
- Gina Carbone
Hubba, hubba! Fifty Shades of Grey's leading hunk Jamie Dornan stripped down at the beach while on vacation in Ibiza with his family. Though he wasn't on set, the Irish actor looked every bit as sexy as his famous character Christian Grey when he stepped out in a pair of striped trunks, a pair of sunglasses and—thankfully—nothing else. It looks like Dornan's muscular physique has kept up quite nicely since we last saw him half-naked on the big screen in 2012 for the highly-anticipated debut of E.L. James' literary trilogy. For those who are strangers to the global phenomenon, the three books chronicled the relationship between billionaire and S&M enthusiast »
Dakota Johnson is now trying to promote "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp, but while on the media circuit, she's fielding questions about the "Fifty Shades of Grey" series. The second movie, "Fifty Shades Darker" -- with a script by author E.L. James's husband Niall Leonard -- is scheduled for release February 10, 2017. The third movie, "Fifty Shades Freed," is scheduled for February 9, 2018.
Dakota was just on "Ellen," and it was clear Ellen DeGeneres really just wanted to focus the conversation on "Fifty Shades." She asked if Dakota was in a relationship (she's not, she's single) and Dakota said guys might be "scared" of her after playing Anastasia Steele. But some guys are so not scared that share a little Tmi. As Dakota told Ellen:
Well, sometimes, people just say things that are a little bit awkward for me. Like, I was in a cab recently, and the driver was like, »
- Gina Carbone
Steele single! Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson teased some new details about the upcoming sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, in a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres on Friday, Sept. 18. DeGeneres asked the Black Mass star, 25, if people "were weird" around her after the first installment of E L James' racy trilogy hit theaters this past February. "Well, sometimes, people just say things that are a little bit awkward for me," the star admitted. "Like, I was in a cab recently, and the driver was like, 'My [...] »
Charlie Hunnam's looking sexier than ever! The English actor strips down for the latest issue of V Man 34, where he shows off his hot bod while appearing shirtless in just leather pants for the photo spread. Hunnam made headlines when he was announced to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James' novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" back in 2013. The actor later turned down the role, which went to Jamie Dornan. While plenty of time has passed, Charlie still has some remorse about backing out of the project. "Oh, it was the worst professional experience of my life," he tells the mag (via E!). "It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I've ever had to deal with professionally," the 35-year-old adds. "It was heartbreaking." The "King Arthur" actor's previous commitment to the film "Crimson Peak," directed by Guillermo del Toro, and the final »
- tooFab Staff
Charlie Hunnam should never, ever wear a shirt again. The King Arthur actor poses shirtless in an edgy photo shoot for V Man #34, proving once again that he would have made an excellent Christian Grey. And while his replacement, Jamie Dornan, did the role justice in the Universal Pictures' film adaptation of author E.L. James' erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey, Hunnam says he still has mixed feelings about having to back out of the project at the last minute. "Oh, it was the worst professional experience of my life. It was the most emotionally destructive and difficult thing that I've ever had to deal with professionally," the 35-year-old actor tells the magazine. "It was »
Venice Film Festival is now in full swing, and Hollywood’s finest have been pouring onto the Italian streets to promote their latest releases. One actress in particular that has been riding the crest of her newfound stardom is Dakota Johnson, who was in town to trumpet her appearances in A Bigger Splash and Scott Cooper’s gangster drama Black Mass.
But arguably the biggest release – or rather releases – on the actress’ slate involve a certain Anastasia Steele. Due to reprise her role as the reticent, shy assistant next year for Fifty Shades Darker, Johnson will be teaming up with a new director this time around following the exit of Sam Taylor-Johnson. In her place is Confidence‘s James Foley, who recently sealed a deal to helm the erotic sequel. And now, the actress has offered her own two cents on the director’s new take on E.L. James’ novel of the same name. »
- Michael Briers
Universal has finally found a director for the "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel to follow Sam Taylor-Johnson, who announced earlier this year that after tussles with powerful writer E.L. James she would not be returning. And yes, it's a man, ladies and gentlemen. Which marks a risk for Universal chairman Donna Langley, who has been overseeing this series from the start. Variety reports that Langley has offered director James Foley "Fifty Shades Darker," which reunites Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan as the original's kinky lovers. And he directs a script by James’ husband, Niall Leonard, who presumably works closely with his producer/author wife. James produces the high-stakes sequel with Dana Brunetti and new Universal in-house producer Michael De Luca, who left his Sony production gig to join the house of Langley. She's on a roll this summer as the studio is enjoying record-breaking box office--"Straight Outta Compton" is. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
A rumored front runner for weeks, filmmaker James Foley ("House of Cards," "Glengarry Glen Ross") has now been officially offered the job of directing "Fifty Shades Darker," the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" sequel at Universal Pictures.
Negotiations are expected to start shortly for the project with Foley taking over for Sam Taylor-Johnson who helmed the first film. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are attached to reprise their roles in the film which boasts a script by author E.L. James' husband Niall Leonard.
Shooting is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2016 ahead of a February 2017 opening.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Less than two weeks ago it was announced that James Foley was being targeted by Universal to steer the second instalment of its Twilight fan fiction franchise. As shocking as that rumored tidbit was, today’s news is even more jaw-dropping, as Variety reports that Foley has been “officially offered the job” to direct Fifty Shades Darker.
What strikes as odd is the masterful roster of work Foley has accumulated over the years: The chatterbox character piece Glengarry Glen Ross and Netflix’s powerhouse politico hit House of Cards to name but two of his recent successes. Earlier in his career he made a name cultivating character studies that spoke to a different clientele than the Fifty Shades demographic, with the likes of underrated ’80s classics After Dark, My Sweet and At Close Range.
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Nevertheless, Universal’s sights are on Foley for one reason or »
- Gem Seddon
Deadline Hollywood first reported that Foley was a front-runner for “Fifty Shades Darker” and sources now tell Variety that negotiations are expected to start shortly. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are attached to reprise their roles, with author E.L. James, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, penned the script.
Execs had been meeting with directors over the past several months since Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed the first film in the trilogy, announced that she would not be returning to helm.
Production will begin in the first quarter of 2016, with the film set to bow on Feb. 14, 2017. Casting should get under way once Foley’s deal is worked out.
Foley directed several stylish dramas in the 1980s and ’90s, »
- Justin Kroll
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
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
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