Universal Pictures has been busy at CinemaCon over in the US, with news that two of its big franchise are officially getting sequels. Fast & Furious 8 is coming in 2017, and now we have the official confirmation for the release of the two Fifty Shades of Grey sequels.
Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are set to go into production soon, and will be released on February 10th, 2017 and February 9th, 2018 respectively. Furthermore, news broke yesterday from The Hollywood Reporter that E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, is writing the screenplay for Darker.
Fifty Shades of Grey was first published in 2011 and quickly became a global phenomenon. The story follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). The trilogy has been translated in over 50 languages worldwide since its release, and the trilogy has sold over 70 million copies worldwide.
Both Dornan and Johnson have signed on for the sequels, but director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel has rejected the chance to return behind the camera after on-set clashes with James over the film’s approach to the books.
Fifty Shades of Grey is set to debut on Blu-ray and DVD on May 8th in the US and on June 22nd in the UK.