After less than two weeks in theaters, Fifty Shades of Grey has already grossed $411 million worldwide, which could put it well on its way to being 2015's first $1 billion movie. Of course, the sequel Fifty Shades Darker is already in the works, and, last week, we reported that author E.L. James is demanding to write the screenplay, with the author and studio still reportedly arguing over who should write the script. While we wait to see how this scenario plays out, thankfully, a rumor which could have proved devastating to fans of the franchise has been put to rest. Gossip Cop is reporting that star Jamie Dornan is not planning on leaving the franchise, contrary to recent reports.
The rumor originated from an Australian website, which claimed that Jamie Dornan was backing out of the planned sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed because his wife, actress/musician Amelia Warner, was uncomfortable with "sadomasochistic and domination themes in the movie." Gossip Cop reveals that this report is false, with the actor's representative calling the rumor, "pure conjecture as the studio has not committed to a sequel as yet."
Of course, the Fifty Shades Darker sequel hasn't officially been given the green light yet, but that is likely because the sequel is reportedly undergoing an overhaul of the creative team. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson (Nowhere Boy) and screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) are not expected to return for the follow-up, although it isn't known if the studio is eyeing any particular director at this time. Regardless of who is at the helm, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are here to stay as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.