50 Shades sequels set for Valentine's Day release

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 April 2015
Jamie Dornan

Jamie Dornan

The '50 Shades' sequels will be released around Valentine's Day in 2017 and 2018

The two '50 Shades' sequels will be released around Valentine's Day in 2017 and 2018.

The much-hyped '50 Shades of Grey' opened around the landmark date earlier this year, and it's been revealed that Universal Pictures will try to top the first film's record-breaking success by releasing sequel '50 Shades Darker' on February 10, 2017, while '50 Shades Freed' is making its box office debut on February 9, 2018.

The new movies will see Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan reprise their roles from '50 Shades of Grey', but a new creative team will have to be assembled after Sam Taylor-Johnson recently announced she will not be returning to direct the second film in the franchise.

Earlier this week, Sam revealed she was "flattered" to be asked to return for the second film in the series, but admitted she didn't have the motivation to direct '50 Shades Darker'.

Sam told BANG Showbiz: "I'm flattered they wanted me to continue. But it was a monumental job - that was enough for me."

Sam also passed on her best wishes to the next director.

She explained: "I couldn't really have ever expected [such a big reaction] after working in a small, dark room for almost a year editing.

"I wish them all the luck in the world."

Fifty Shades Darker

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 1h 58min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Sam Taylor-Johnson
  • Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan
  • UK release: 10 February 2017

No surprises here: Anastasia (Johnson) gets sweet-talked back into the red room by Christian (Dornan). Foley seems to be under orders to skip the actual sex, as the real money shots are of Christian’s wardrobe. Johnson manages to be likeable and human, but otherwise it’s high on production values and short on story.

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