The Today Show held a special premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey at New York's Ziegfeld Theater with lead actors Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in attendance as well as author EL James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson. Reactions to the film are still trickling in on the internet, but one tidbit of information that did manage to leak was that films for the two Fifty Shades sequels will be happening.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson announced at the screening that Universal has approved sequels and we will indeed be getting films for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed. Despite many people saying the actors have no chemistry and several domestic violence and religious groups urging moviegoers to boycott the film, the ticket presales alone gives Universal enough reason to give these projects the green light. There is no telling whether Taylor-Johnson will return to direct, but if EL James remains as involved as she was with the first film I don't think she will be coming back. Their creative differences is no secret and Taylor-Johnson has taken just about every opportunity she has gotten to blast James for her ridiculous amount of control over the project.
So like it or not, we have 2-3 more years of this franchise so you might as well get used to it. Now starts the fan arguments over who should be cast as Elena "Mrs. Robinson" Lincoln and Jack Hyde.
Personally, I found Fifty Shades Freed to be the most enjoyable book, by far, so hopefully they don't take that away and make it completely nuts... or split it into two parts.
Edit: According to insider sources, and the actors, the sequels aren't a done deal just yet. Everyone went from saying they were confirmed to saying they are hoping they happen. The truth is Universal is currently fighting with Fifty Shades author EL James over her demands and it is stalling production. As a result, Universal isn't officially announcing anything until they sort things out with James.
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