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Universal Takes New Direction for ‘Darker,’ ‘Fifty Shades’ Sequel

Universal Takes New Direction for 'Darker,' 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

Universal is raising glasses of champagne to celebrate the grosses of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which has totaled  $164 million domestic and $558 million worldwide.


In an all-too familiar pattern, the first film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, is not returning for the sequel. This is not news; she was open about her tussles with author E.L. James on the direction of the movie adaptation. Taylor-Johnson has established herself as a director of a commercial hit and is fielding plenty of offers.

Universal is seeking a new writer to replace Kelly Marcel–James herself is under consideration, reports Variety— as well as a new director for the sequel. One producer, Michael De Luca, is now running production at Sony. The other, Dana Brunetti, has been holding off his returning stars’ demands for substantial salary boosts. Universal motion picture chairman Donna Langley has been running the show on this franchise.

It seems premature to imagine what schedule this movie is on without a script in hand. 

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