The studio got a $567 million global grosser out of that deal, but finally they have to deal with a writer with a lot of power. For the second installment “Fifty Shades Darker,” they lost director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who fought with the opinionated James during production.
Many wondered if studio chief Donna Langley, who pursued the project and landed it, would give James the assignment to write the next screenplay. Now THR reports that James’s husband Niall Leonard (British TV’s “Wild at Heart” and “Wire in the Blood”) will adapt the screenplay for “Fifty Shades Darker.”
Clearly it is in the studio’s interest to get this project up and running as soon as possible. UPDATE: The release date is set for Valentine’s weekend 2017.