Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment from the erotic Fifty Shades franchise has probably got a director. After a long wait, James Foley is the frontrunner to direct the sequel to the almost $570 million worldwide and counting blockbuster, Fifty Shades of Grey.
James Foley who directed films such as 1992 David Mamet adaptation, Glengarry Glen Ross, and the Halle Berry starrer thriller, Perfect Stranger, is the clear choice for the gig. Foley also directed the Mark Wahlberg film Fear.
However, it is not yet officially confirmed because the studio is still deciding whether or not to hire their desired helmer for back to back films, Fifty Shades Darker followed by Fifty Shades of Freed in order to meet Universal's release dates, which has Fifty Shades Freed scheduled for February 2018.
Foley will join the Fifty Shades family after the trilogy's original director, Sam Taylor-Johnson opted out of the franchise in March post direction of the first film, Fifty Shades of Grey.
The on-set conflict between author E L James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson led to the latter and screenwriter Kelly Marcel quit the franchise. Fifty Shades of Grey was a huge hit due to the connection which the ladies related to. For example, the writer is a woman, the director a woman and screenwriter too was a woman! Now the franchise might go in the hands of a man if James Foley is officially confirmed.
E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard is writing the script for the sequel, which Universal Pictures announced will release in February 2017.
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Darker. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James, the creator of the Fifty Shades trilogy will produce again.