Fans that are excited to see the second installment in the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ franchise will be treated to a new director, and possibly a new screenwriter. The second film will still star the same duo as the original, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, but the crew behind the camera will be shifting dramatically according to reports.
The second film in the series will be called “Fifty Shades Darker,” and the franchises’ original director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, has confirmed that she will not be returning to direct “Fifty Shades Darker.” The original screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, has not confirmed departing the series, but the screenwriter is not expected to return.
It’s a surprising move, since the first film made over $500 million for Universal Pictures across the globe, and was one of the most highly-anticipated films of 2015. The film will continue to have Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, the two stars that helped the original film break Valentine’s Day weekend across the world.
Unlike the director, Dornan and Johnson are contractually obligated to return for the second and third films. The third film in the series is expected to be called “Fifty Shades Freed.”
Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print—making it one of the biggest and fastest-selling book series ever. As of right now Universal has not named a new director, or a new screenwriter for the second or third film. Universal also has not announced a release window for “Fifty Shades Darker,” so fans may have a long-wait ahead of them for the franchise to continue.
Starring alongside Dornan and Johnson in the cast were Luke Grimes as Elliot, Christian’s brother; Victor Rasuk as José, Anastasia’s close friend; Eloise Mumford as Kate, Anastasia’s best friend and roommate; Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, Christian’s mother; Rita Ora as Mia, Christian’s sister; Max Martini as Taylor, Christian’s bodyguard; Callum Keith Rennie as Ray, Anastasia’s stepfather; Jennifer Ehle as Carla, Anastasia’s mother; and Dylan Neal as Bob, Carla’s husband.