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
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
E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard is writing the script for the
sequel, which Universal Pictures announced will release in February
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.