American film director, James Foley is the frontrunner to direct Universal Pictures & Focus Features’ upcoming British-American erotic romantic drama film, Fifty Shades Darker.

Sequel to this year’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker will get a new director, since director Sam Taylor-Johnson declined to return for the sequel due to clashes between Taylor-Johnson and the book’s author, EL James over control of the project’s direction.

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Now James Foley is closing in on to replace Taylor-Johnson for the sequel. The negotiations haven’t begun yet, so things might change.

According to THR, the three finalists to helm the project are Jamey Foley, Mark Pellington and Tanya Wexler – with Foley taking the lead.

James Foley is popularly known for Close Range (1986), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), The Chamber (1996), Perfect Stranger (2007) film & House of Cards (2013–2015, 12 episodes).

Screenwriter, Kelly Marcel also exited the franchise. Universal hired E. L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard to write the screenplay for the sequel.

Fifty Shades of Grey grossed over $569 million worldwide by becoming the third-highest-grossing film directed by a woman (behind Kung Fu Panda 2 and Mamma Mia!), and the fourth-highest-grossing R-rated film of all time.

The sequel follows Dakota Johnson’s Anastasia as she descends further into Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) world of softcore S&M.

Fifty Shades Darker is due to arrive in theaters on February 10, 2017 with the third film, Fifty Shades Freed set to hit theaters on February 9, 2018.

 

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Source: Deadline, THR.

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