James Foley is yet to be confirmed as the director of “Fifty Shades Darker” since there are still two finalists to date aside from him. No official contracts were signed yet and there are conflicting reports whether Foley indeed got or failed to win the stint.
James Foley Competes with two other finalists
According to sources who have spoken with The Hollywood Reporter, there are still two finalists, aside from Foley, that are being pegged to direct the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel. Mark Pellington and Tanya Wexler, the only female director in the list, are still competing with Foley.
Elsewhere reports are claiming that Foley is the most favorite choice among the three. According to a report from Entertainment Weekly, Foley is already in talks with Universal. However, the report noted that contracts are yet to be inked. Nevertheless, Foley is reportedly in negotiations with Universal to direct two Fifty Shades films – “Fifty Shades Darker” set for Feb. 10 2017 release and “Fifty Shades Freed” thereafter set for release on February 2018.
Variety has also reported that Foley is the top pick among the three. The report, too, said that Universal has yet to officially offer the job to Foley.
Foley vs Pellington vs Wexler
Foley’s edge among his competitors is that he is very much experienced in directing thrillers. Foley directed Netflix’s “House of Cards,” “Glengarry Glen Ross” in 1992, “Fear” in 1996 and “Perfect Stranger” in 2007.
“Fifty Shades Darker,” as previously announced by Universal, will be more of a thriller than a romance film. In the book, Anastasia Steele gets embroiled with his philanderer and stalker boss, Jack Hyde. At one point, Hyde will corner him and demand sexual favors. Anna will also be threatened at gun point by Christian Grey’s former obsessive lover.
Pellington directed “Arlington Road” in 1999 and U2 3D in 2007. Wexler, on the other hand, has a more erotic background. She directed “Hysteria” in 2011, a film about how vibrator was invented.
‘Fifty Shades Darker’ news
The search for “Fifty Shades Darker” director was sparked by Sam Taylor-Johnson’s decision to leave the project in March.
E.L. James’ husband has since then came on board to write the script. As for casting, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson were already confirmed to reprise their roles. Production will begin in the first quarter of 2016.