Back in August, we reported that Universal Pictures' front runner to direct the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, is James Foley, but negotiations hadn't started quite yet. That report also revealed that the filmmaker is in the running to direct the third adaptation of E.L. James' novel trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed, and that the studio was trying to decide whether or not they should shoot Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Today, we have a new report from The Wrap, revealing that James Foley has finalized his deal to direct both sequels, which will in fact be shot back-to-back.
Author E.L. James' husband, British writer Niall Leonard, signed on in April to write the screenplay adaptation for Fifty Shades Darker. This new report reveals that he has also signed on to write Fifty Shades Freed. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer Kelly Marcel revealed shortly after the first movie's release that they were not coming back for the sequels. There were reports that the filmmaker and writer often clashed with author E.L. James, who reportedly has a lot of creative control over the adaptations.Read More
Shortly after the release of Universal Pictures' blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey, it was confirmed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not come back to make the movie sequel, Fifty Shades Darker. One month later, it was revealed that author E.L. James' husband, Niall Leonard, will write the screenplay adaptation, with the studio setting a February 10, 2017 release date. Today we have word from Deadline that filmmaker James Foley is the front runner to direct this hotly-anticipated follow-up.
This report also reveals that he may also sign on to direct the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, which has been given a February 9, 2018 release date. The studio is still working out whether or not they should shoot both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed back-to-back. Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are coming back to reprise their roles as Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.Read More
James Foley, who hasn't directed a feature since 2007's Perfect Stranger, is in negotiations to direct the Jacob's Ladder remake for LD Entertainment. We first reported on the project back in June.
The original thriller, directed by Adrian Lyne, starred Tim Robbins as a Vietnam veteran who suffers from bizarre hallucinations while trying to uncover clues about his checkered past. The new film is said to be more of a contemporary homage than a remake, introducing new characters and situations while tackling the same existential themes as the original.Read More