‘Fifty Shades of Grey’: Universal and Focus Move Production Start Date to December

Sources say first week of December is now the projected start date

After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December.

Universal and Focus had no comment.

When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said there was a chance of a delay in production even if they worked fast to find his replacement. However, insiders said that even if a production delay occurred, it was not expected to have any effect on the Aug. 1, 2014 release date.

Last week, Variety first reported that Jamie Dornan was the choice to replace Hunnam and play Christian Grey opposite Dakota Johnson in the adaptation of the E.L. James book. There are still some key parts yet to be cast including Anastasia Steele’s roommate Kate, who would still need to test with Johnson.

Sam-Taylor Johnson is directing with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti producing.

Production Weekly reported the postponement Friday.

More Film

  • NOW TV Jeff Goldblum statueNOW TV

    A 25-Foot Jeff Goldblum Statue Appears in London

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • Ashton Sanders, Antoine Fuqua, Director/Producer, and

    Denzel Washington Reveals Why 'Equalizer 2' Was His First Sequel

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Set as New

    Alfonso Cuaron's 'Roma' Set as New York Film Festival's Centerpiece

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • Database of Minority Entertainment Journalists, Critics

    Time's Up, USC Annenberg Launch Database of Underrepresented Journalists, Critics

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'The Dark Knight' and More Superhero Films that Wowed Fans and Critics

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • Piotr Sliwowski to Head $70 Million

    Piotr Sliwowski to Head $70 Million Polish Moviemaking Venture (EXCLUSIVE)

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

  • Boban Marjanovic Clippers

    Clippers Center Boban Marjanović Aims to Stand Out in Hollywood

    After it took two tries to find a leading man, Universal and Focus are postponing the production start date for “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Sources tell Variety that production is expected to be pushed from mid-November to early December. Universal and Focus had no comment. When Charlie Hunnam fell off the project, studio insiders said […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content