Movies In Focus writes a lot about Fifty Shades Of Grey (and now its sequels) not because of some kinky interest in the film or book but because of a fascination with the creative black hole from whence the whole endeavour came. A multi-million dollar franchise that started as young adult fan fiction (Twilight), written by a middle-aged woman.
I’ve never seen Fifty Shades Of Grey (and I doubt I ever will) but the film had some wonderful behind the scenes talent: it was directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, produced by Michael De Luca and House of Cards’ Dana Brunetti, the script was by Kelly Marcel, it was scored by Danny Elfman and shot by Seamus McGarvey. It grossed well over half a billion dollars globally and now sequels are on the way.
Author E.L James scored herself a sweet deal that caused her to have ‘creative differences’ with most of the above mentioned talent and that means they won’t be returning for the sequel – Fifty Shades Darker or the second sequel, Fifty Shades Freed.
James’ husband Niall Leonard will write the script for Fifty Shades Darker (nice work if you can get it) and they’re still on the hunt for a director – but that hasn’t stopped Universal Pictures targeting February 2017 and 2018 release dates for the films – or dropping a teaser image and trailer.