(PCM) Fifty Shades of Grey brought audiences out to theaters in droves over 2015’s Valentine’s Day weekend, breaking box office records along the way, and now Universal Pictures has set the release dates for the film’s two sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
Fifty Shades Darker is slated to open in theaters nationwide on February 10, 2017 while Fifty Shades Freed will be released a year later on February 9, 2018. The announcement was made yesterday at CinemaCon, along with the announcement that Fifty Shades series writer E.L. James’s husband, Niall Leonard, will pen the screenplay.
Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning to direct the sequels.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment delivered more good news to fans, revealing that an exclusive Fifty Shades Darker tease will be available on the Digital HD release of Fifty Shades of Grey on May 1st and the May 8th release of Fifty Shades of Grey on Blu-ray, also giving audiences a preview of the tease with a still of Jamie Dornan in masquerade attire, which you can see below!
Gaining viral popularity after sparking controversy around its treatment of BDSM, its origins as an erotic Twilight fan-fiction, and its grammar/literary content, Fifty Shades of Grey has one on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide.
Directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) from the screenplay by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) based on the the novel by E.L James, Fifty Shades of Grey opened in theaters nationwide on February 13, 2015, just in time to capitalize on Valentine’s Day.
Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, alongside Victor Rasuk, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie, Jennifer Ehle, Max Martini, Luke Grimes, Eloise Mumford, and Rita Ora.
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