Get ready for 100 more shades: Universal Pictures has pinned down release dates for two big-screen sequels to “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
The announcement came a day after news that Niall Leonard, the husband of “Fifty Shades” author E.L. James, is writing the screenplay for the first sequel, which does not currently have a director.
Access Hollywood revealed the exclusive teaser photo from the next film in the trilogy, which shows Christian Grey putting on a black masquerade mask. The black-and-white picture is the first official promotional shot for Fifty Shades Darker, which is set to hit theaters February 10, 2017.
James, who is serving as a producer on the “Fifty Shades” films and maintains a large amount of creative control over the adaptations, famously clashed with “Grey” director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Neither Taylor-Johnson nor screenwriter Kelly Marcel is returning for the sequels.
Based on the second and third installments of James’ “Fifty Shades” book trilogy, “Darker” and “Freed” are to continue the story of erotic intrigue between kinky billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and shy college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).
Variety reports that Universal also announced that the final film in the Fifty Shades trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, will be released in theaters on February 9, 2018.
The first film, which opened Feb. 13, was poorly reviewed but grossed more than $568 million at the worldwide box office.
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