The Fifty Shades of Grey series may have found a new director. The highly-anticipated sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, has been officially proposed to filmmaker James Foley of 1986’s At Close Range fame, reports Variety. The 61-year-old director is also in talks of beginning negotiations very soon, claims the magazine.
This news does not come as too much of a surprise, given that two weeks ago, Deadline revealed that the Fear director was the top choice from Universal Pictures for the project.
E.L. James, 52, is the creator and writer of the raunchy trilogy, while her husband, Niall Leonard, penned the script for the upcoming sequel. Meanwhile, the author herself will co-produce the movie, along with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca.
The director of the original film that was released back in February 2015, Sam Taylor-Johnson, also announced her departure from the series this year. But the first Fifty Shades movie she helmed gained much success, as it grossed almost $570 million worldwide.
Meanwhile, the two leads, Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, will reprise their characters for the second installment. The production is expected to commence at the start of next year with a release date of Valentine’s Day 2017, according to Variety.
Kroll, J., “‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel: James Foley Officially Offered Directing Job,” Variety web site, August 31, 2015.
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