James Foley top candidate to direct Universal’s Fifty Shades of Grey Sequel. For many people, the movie Fifty Shades of Grey was a joke in itself, going so far as to make fun of the unusually bizarre aspects of the film. Universal had a good laugh about the movie as well…all the way to the bank. Fifty Shades of Grey made $569 million at the box-office. In short, the movie was a massive success despite what critics said.
Although there is no official word if he will be the definitive director, James Foley is the frontrunner to work on the film for Universal. The only people confirmed for the project are Dakota Johnson and Jaime Dornan, both of whom will reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey respectively. Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are on-board to be the producers and the husband of the original author of the books, Niall Leonard, was hired to be the screenwriter.
There are rumors that Foley would also be signed to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, but again, Universal has not confirmed. Foley directed several thrillers, including 1996’s The Chamber and 2007’s Perfect Stranger starring Halle Berry and Bruce Willis. His most recent work includes directing several episodes of the Emmy award-winning TV series, House of Cards. Fifty Shades Darker is set to be released on Valentine’s Day weekend 2017.
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