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Jeff Shell may be one of the most powerful executives in the movie business, but in cliquish Hollywood, he remains something of an outsider. And, for the studio he heads, that’s proven to be a good thing.
Because Shell spent most of his career in television, climbing up the ranks of conglomerates like Comcast and Fox, the industry reaction in 2013 to his appointment as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group was, “Jeff who?” “I had zero experience,” says the 50-year-old executive, in his first sit-down interview since taking the job. “I didn’t really know the movie business at all, and I have to say, it is the hardest business I’ve ever worked in.”
Art Streiber for Variety; Grooming: Juanita Lyon at Fr8me Management
- Brent Lang
Having already signed on to direct the first sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, The Wrap is reporting that James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, House of Cards) will now also helm the final instalment of Universal’s Fifty Shades trilogy, and will shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back next year.
Both Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to reprise their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele from this year’s blockbuster adaptation of the E.L. James bestseller, which was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and pulled in $570 million worldwide from a budget of just $40 million.
- Gary Collinson
TheWrap writes that James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross," "House of Cards"), who's been secured as a replacement director for the remainder of the series, has elected to shoot both sequels -- "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed" -- at the same time, back-to-back. Production is scheduled to start sometime next year.
Foley is stepping in for the departed Sam Taylor-Johnson, who had a tough time helming "Grey," thanks to the alleged overbearing presence of author E.L. James, who reportedly fought Taylor-Johnson and producers for more creative control throughout the production. James allegedly sought even more say in the sequels, reportedly going so far as to demand to write the screenplays herself; while she lost that particular battle, her husband, Niall Leonard, has »
- Katie Roberts
James Foley will direct both Fifty Shades of Grey sequels. The films will shoot back-to-back in 2016. Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross, Perfect Stranger) was in-talks to direct the second film, Fifty Shades Darker, in the franchise, but now it’s confirmed he’ll take on the third film, Fifty Shades Freed, as well.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson will return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, the second and third chapters based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon. The films are set to be released on Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018.
via TheWrap »
- Laura Frances
Universal is moving ahead at speed with its plans to get Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed in front of the cameras. The films that will wrap up the trilogy that commenced with Fifty Shades Of Grey are now both set to be directed by Glengarry Glen Ross' James Foley. Furthermore, the decision has been made to shoot the two films back to back in 2016.
Smack 'em both out at once, right?
Both James Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to return in the two lead roles, and Niall Leonard is the screenwriter adapting E L James' books this time around. Leonard is married to the author, who is said to be particular about the way her stories are carried over to film.
Fifty Shades Darker is currently »
Fifty Shades of Grey was a legitamite phenomenon when it hit theaters earlier this year. We're not talking about just the United States, either. The sexy drama pulled in over $570 million around the globe, drawing in big crowds pretty much every where it turned up. Just for comparison's sake, that's more money than Ant-Man made around the world. Naturally sequel talk was well under way (it helps that there are already more books in the series to adapt), but it hit a bit of a snag since director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelley Marcel announced they wouldn't be returning for Fifty Shades Darker. We already knew Niall Leonard, husband of Fifty Shades author E L James, was going to write the new movies, but now The Wrap tells us who will be taking over the...
- Peter Hall
Adapted from the first installment of E.L. James' remarkably popular trilogy of erotic novels, Fifty Shades of Grey grossed more than $570 million at the global box office when it debuted last February. The story of the sordid romance that develops between college grad Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and kinky entrepreneur Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), the film brought Bdsm to the big screen in a way unlike anything multiplex audiences had seen before. Today, the studio announced that James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross) will be directing both of its sequels. »
It won’t be long before Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are strutting back onto our screens once more. Yes, despite the middling reception of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2014 erotic drama, a box office haul of $570 million ensured that Universal issued the green light on both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed, the next two installments in E.L. James’s literary juggernaut.
The latest update from the Fifty Shades of Grey camp arrives from The Wrap, revealing that the studio has mapped out plans to shoot each installment back to back as Universal aligns Darker and Freed for 2017 and 2018, respectively. Buoyed by the success of their predecessor, each sequel is on course to arrive in and around the lucrative Valentine’s Day window.
Welcoming back both Jamie Dornan (Christian) and Dakota Johnson (Anastasia) as the conflicted lovestruck pair, Darker and Freed will chart the trials and tribulations of their impassioned relationship – both physically and emotionally. »
- Michael Briers
The soft whispers in your ear were true: James Foley is taking control of the Fifity Shades of Grey sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed starring Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. The Wrap reports that Foley, who is taking the franchise over from Sam Taylor-Johnson, will be shooting the films back-to-back with enough time for a quick catnap in between sessions. Hopefully this time there won't be as much fighting between author E.L. James and the director. James's husband, Niall Leonard, will adapt the books, so ideally the material that filters onscreen will be rawer and uncut. As with the first film, which released itself into the world on February 13, the sequels will come out around that same special time of the year. Fifty Shades Darker is scheduled to come out on February 10, 2017, and Fifty Shades Freed about a year »
- E. Alex Jung
Given the delay the remaining two Fifty Shades Of Grey sequels had to endure as a new director and screenwriter were sought that met author E.L. James' approval, the plan now appears to be that Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will head into production for a back-to-back shoot that would allow Universal to hit February release dates for both 2017 and 2018. James Foley has been given the nod... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
After lots of behind-the-scenes turmoil, some wrangling with author E.L. James, who exercises greater than usual influence for a major studio book adaptation, the sex toys are back on the table as Universal gears up for the sequels to "Fifty Shades Of Grey." And they are going to keep the hotness cooking on set longer than last time. Read More: Watch The First Teaser For 'Fifty Shades Darker,' Universal Exec Says It Will Be "More Of A Thriller" Variety reports that that the studio is going to lens the follow-ups, "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed," back-to-back. Insert your own pun-based sex joke here. There's no exact reason why this approach will be taken, but generally speaking, it helps keep costs down, they don't have to deal with any long gaps between pictures, and they only have to wrangle the cast to come back one more time. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in August, we reported that Universal Pictures' front runner to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, is James Foley, but negotiations hadn't started quite yet. That report also revealed that the filmmaker is in the running to direct the third adaptation of E.L. James' novel trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, and that the studio was trying to decide whether or not they should shoot Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Today, we have a new report from The Wrap, revealing that James Foley has finalized his deal to direct both sequels, which will in fact be shot back-to-back.
Author E.L. James' husband, British writer Niall Leonard, signed on in April to write the screenplay adaptation for Fifty Shades Darker. This new report reveals that he has also signed on to write Fifty Shades Freed. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson »
With pre-production currently under way and production set to start in early 2016, Universal Studios has decided to shoot sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” back-to-back with James Foley at the helm.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequels, while Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are back as producers alongside author E.L. James.
Niall Leonard wrote both scripts, which are based on James’ best-selling novels.
The first “Fifty Shades of Grey” grossed more than $560 million at the global box office this year and was the No. 1 film worldwide for three consecutive weeks.
Showbiz 411 first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
“Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” the sequels to E L James’ worldwide bestseller “Fifty Shades of Grey,” will shoot back to-back next year with James Foley directing both, TheWrap has learned. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as lovers Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, while Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti return to produce alongside James. Universal Pictures will release the “Fifty Shades” sequels, both of which will be adapted by Niall Leonard, the author and screenwriter who’s intimately familiar with the characters, given that he’s married to James. Also Read: New 'Fifty Shades of Grey »
- Jeff Sneider
Foley was previously said to be the front runner to helm the second film "Fifty Shades Darker", but now the site reports that they've confirmed that not only does he have the gig but he'll do "Fifty Shades Freed" as well.
Despite bad reviews, the first film made more than $570 million worldwide. Sam Taylor-Johnson helmed the first but both she and screenwriter Kelly Marcel opted not to return. Niall Leonard will now pen the script.
The two films are targeting Valentine’s Day 2017 and 2018 releases.
- Garth Franklin
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
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