The release dates for the 50 Shades of Grey sequels have now been officially set. The two movies are definitely going to be filmed, and will be released in 2017 and 2018. So far, the main actors are set to return for both movies, 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed.
While there were many against the original movie, based on the book by the same name, there has been a lot of support for it. Many violence against women groups say that the series promotes and supports the violence, but those within the BDSM community say that it is all consensual and the character Christian Grey stopped when he was told to and even allowed Anastasia Steele to leave. If he was really that violent, he would not have allowed that.
Universal is sticking with a Valentine’s Day release for the two sequels to 50 Shades of Grey. The movies will be released on February 10 and February 9 respectively, with Donna Langley, chair for Universal Pictures, saying that it will be a “Valentine’s Day event.” The announcement was made at CinemaCon, exciting many fans of the former Twilight fan fiction.
There is going to be a change from the original 50 Shades of Grey movie. When the first screenplay was written, there were reported arguments between director Sam Taylor-Johnson and book author E.L. James. Taylor-Johnson is reportedly leaving from the director chair, and there is no replacement named as of yet. Niall Leonard, James’ husband, is reportedly writing the script for 50 Shades Darker, released in 2017. James originally said that she wanted to write the screenplays for the two sequels if they happened. Kelly Marcel wrote the
While the 50 Shades of Grey sequels have been given release dates, there is no production date set as of yet. Many report that the production for the sequel will start in the first quarter of next year.
This will not be the first time for Leonard to write a screenplay. He has already made a name for himself in the industry, with Monarch of the Glen and Wild at Heart. Michael De Luca, who will be returning as producer for the movies, has said that they are “lucky to have him join” the team. Finding the perfect writer has been important, as that has reportedly been the main reason for the delay of the release of the 50 Shades of Grey sequels.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are set to reprise their roles as the main two characters, despite rumors that Dornan was leaving. After the success of 50 Shades of Grey, they are reportedly looking for more money. The first movie surprised many by taking $235 million globally, but it cost just $40 million to make.
There are still positions to fill before the filming can begin. A director is required, and the screenplay still needs to be written. However, it seems Universal is positive that all that can happen quickly. 50 Shades of Grey sequels now have official release dates.
By Alexandria Ingham