Universal Pictures seems pleased with how ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ did in February, the studio has confirmed that both follow-up films will release close to Valentine’s Day, just like the original did. When the first “Fifty Shades of Grey,” released, it brought in over $568 million across the globe.
Both of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequels, called “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” were given exact dates for fans to get excited over. The first follow-up film will hit theaters on February 10, 2017, while “Fifty Shades Freed” has been scheduled for the same weekend, just one year later.
As reported earlier, Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will both reprise their characters for the two follow-up films, but a few behind-the-camera changes have been made. Also starring in the original 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.
One of the largest changes to take place with the new films is the new director, but Universal stopped short of naming a new director for either of the two films. Sam Taylor-Johnson directed the original film “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but will not be returning to the series. Also not returning to the series will be the screenwriter of the original film, Kelly Marcel. It was reported earlier this month by THR that James’s husband, Niall Leonard, will be writing the screenplays for both of the sequels.
The films of course are based on the best-selling romance novels written by E.L. James, all three novels offer a strong BDSM twist to the traditional romance novel series. 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.