Fifty Shades Darker will be “more of a thriller” says Universal boss

Studio chairman Donna Langley also played down the rumoured disputes between author EL James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson

Fifty Shades Darker is set to be a whole lot, erm, darker than Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s first outing. The second film in the steamy series will live up to its title and take a more serious turn, revealed Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley this week. 


Speaking at The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual industry breakfast, the studio boss revealed the Fifty Shades of Grey sequel will be “more of a thriller”. 

This news won’t come as a huge surprise to fans of the book. But those unfamiliar with Darker’s plot can expect much more high drama (this time outside the red room) when Christian and Ana return to our cinemas in 2017. 

Langley also spoke about author EL James’ husband’s new role as Darker’s screenwriter – “He actually did a draft that wasn’t credited on the first movie, and he did a really good job” – before making reference to rumours of disputes on set between James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who has opted not to return for the franchise’s next instalments. 

“For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make,” she said. 


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