‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Sequel Will Be Both Sexy and Scary
If you paid to see Fifty Shades of Grey in theaters, you're probably already geared up for the movie's sequel. But if you were hoping for more of the same in the next installment — at least in regard to tone — you may be disappointed.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal's chairman Donna Langley said the upcoming sequel will switch things up, tone-wise. The movie, which is titled Fifty Shades Darker, is set to be "more of a thriller." Considering the risque nature of the series' plot and the fact that the relationship between the two main characters is kind of creepy as is, we're not totally surprised that the filmmakers have decided to go with a darker theme for the sequel. The studio released a teaser trailer for the movie in conjunction with this news, which you can check out above. (Spoiler alert: Christian Grey puts on a mask. That's it. We hope it's enough to hold you over for the next two years.)
Langley also responded to claims that author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson suffered from creative differences on set. She said, "For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make.”
Taylor-Johnson previously spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about working with James, admitting, "We'd often clash and have to find a way to work through that to get to some sort of resolution. She would be the first to say as well that it was not easy. It was not easy. But we got there. I think both of us felt it was an incredibly painful process." Taylor-Johnson will not return to direct the sequel.
Fifty Shades Darker is already set for a February 2017 release, so mark your calendar if you can't get enough of that Christian-on-Anastasia action.