‘Fifty Shades’ Sequels to Be Released February 2017, 2018

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The sequels to “Fifty Shades of Grey” — “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” — will be released Feb. 10, 2017, and Feb. 9, 2018, respectively, it was announced at CinemaCon on Thursday.

After the big box office success of the first film, which has grossed more than $500 million worldwide since its release in February, it looks like Universal is sticking with the Valentine’s Day draw.

“We’re making this a Valentine’s Day event,” said Universal Pictures chair Donna Langley at CinemaCon.

It was revealed earlier this week that Niall Leonard, husband of “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, will write the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.” Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are still attached to reprise their lead roles, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing.

Universal has yet to find a replacement for Sam Taylor-Johnson, who directed “Fifty Shades of Grey” and announced last month that she won’t be returning.

No release date or production start date has been set yet, but sources say that production on “Darker” should begin within the first quarter of 2016.

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  1. Fikisha says:

    I think that they are waiting too long to release the second movie. It didn’t even take that long for the twilight movies to be released and each one was better than the last. Just my opinion. People may get bored and move on.

  2. Bea of Fake A Baby says:

    Whoa! 2 years? Man…

  3. Jan says:

    Too bad it can’t be February 2016. Not sure if I can wait until 2017 to see the sequel. :-(

  4. Mary Raley says:

    Gosh 2017, 2 or is it 3 years later seems like a long time! For those who didn’t read the books that seems like a long wait. People might be over it and on to the next hot books! Hopefully we won’t have to wait so long. Also I hope they will use the same actors, you loose something when you change the actors, especially when it’s a love romance.

    • Mindy Glazer says:

      Yep…Johnson/Dornan ARE indeed doing the sequels, Mary! I heard they held out for more money ( hell, I would have too!…LOL!) but from E.L.James Facebook page, she states they WILL indeed be back on BOTH movies!

  5. Sheena says:

    i comepletely agree with Imma Truthteller lets hope that the sequels are better than the first movie. The box office success was due to the curiosity and all the hype surrounding the movie. but if you ask me they cut out some of the best parts of the story. the parts that let you get more emotionally invested in the characters. also it felt too rushed. i kind of left the theatre feeling a lil disspointed i liked the movie but i didnt Love the movie. i think my feelings were mostly due to how much i love the books though.

  6. Imma Truthtellier says:

    Let’s all hope whoever they get to direct is better than the last one, and let’s all really hope that Niall is a better screenplay writer than the last one they had. This first movie sucked big hairy balls, not because of the actors, but because of the direction, screenplay writing, editing, and most of all everything that had to be cut out due to censorship. If this movie had been made in England, or hell, almost any other country, it would’ve had a better chance over-all. I sure hope E.L.’s hubby is a better screenplay writer than the last one. And here’s an idea, Holly-woo-woo-land, how about you actually try to FOLLOW. THE. DAMN. BOOK. AND. QUIT. CHANGING. THINGS?!

    • Maureen Kress Stenglein says:

      How can you blame Hollywood for changing anything in Fifty Shades. EL James the writer is British, Kelly Marcel the screenwriter is English and Sam Taylor Johnson who is also English was the director. It was filmed in British Columbia. The production company is American. Everything had to be approved by EL James as well.

  7. Dustin says:

    I like it to come out fast and the furious

  8. Dustin says:

    I like fast and the furious

  9. I am so happy that the movies r going to get finished and will be soon real eased

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