Fifty Shades of Grey sequel has its director

The Fifty Shades of Grey movie adaptation got off to a great start in February 2015 with a massive box office take and plenty of column inches written about its curious romance between a dominant millionaire and an innocent young woman.

Naturally Universal was keen to get the sequel, based on the book Fifty Shades Darker, onto screens as soon as possible but things proved a little more complicated than that. First, the original director Sam Taylor-Johnson decided not to return amid rumours of on set spats with author E.L. James. And then we also heard news that the films stars, particular Jamie Dornan, were looking for significant pay increases to come back for more kinky action.

That all got ironed out but too late to hit the proposed February 2016 release date. Now the film is confirmed for Feb 2017 and a director is right on the cusp of being confirmed. According to Variety James Foley has been officially offered the job and it sounds like its basically a done deal.

61 year old Foley has had a long and varied Hollywood career, with plenty of high profile features in the 90s like Glengarry Glen Ross, The Chamber and Fear, starring Mark Wahlberg. More recently he moved into TV with work on Hannibal and a full 12 episodes of House of Cards over the last few years.

The second story in the trilogy will see Anastasia and Christian Grey attempting to resolve their issues and - for those who found the first film a tad boring - there’s a little more intrigue this time around thanks to a former Grey submissive who is rumoured to be played by Alexis Bledel.

Fifty Shades Darker will release in February 2017, with Fifty Shades Freed following in February 2018 - provided we don’t lose a director again.

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