James Foley Officially Approached To Direct ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ For Universal Pictures

James Foley Officially Approached To Direct ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ For Universal Pictures
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After the success of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” speculations were high about the director for “Fifty Shades Darker.” As per the latest news, a director has been confirmed and shooting will start as soon the production house gets him aboard. James Foley, who was always the first choice, has officially been offered the job.


Just some days back, news broke that James Foley was the top choice of Universal Pictures for the position, and as per Variety, it has now been finalized. The website also suggests that the negotiation between the director and the production house will start soon. The author of the book, E.L. James, will produce the film along with Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti. Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are already signed up for their respective roles in the sequel.

James Foley has previously directed “After Dark, My Sweet,” “At Close Range,” “Fear” and “Glengarry Glen Ross.” He debuted in 1984 with “Reckless” and continued to direct drama-based films in the 80s and 90s.

Earlier this year, Sam Taylor-Johnson who directed “Grey,” announced that she will not be returning for the sequel. It is believed that the director had some disagreement with the author of the book which made her take such a decision. The search for the right director was happening ever since.

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The film will focus more on the relationship between Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. “Fifty Shades Darker” will start filming at the beginning of 2016, and the release date is set on February 14 2017.

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