'Fifty Shades' Fans Shouldn't Hold Their Breath for 'Darker' to Begin Shooting

dakota johnson jamie dornan set of fifty shadesRight on the heels of Fifty Shades of Grey's achieving out of this world box office success, all the drama behind the scenes of the film's sequels ignited. We heard E.L. James wanted to write the script for Fifty Shades Darker, and then director Sam Taylor-Johnson quit.


(Those two developments likely very much linked, given how the two did not see eye-to-eye during the first go round.) What a mess. But wait, the latest development shows production on Darker isn't a TOTAL disaster!

This week, producer Michael De Luca gave his notice at Sony Pictures where he's been president of production, so that he can get back to producing Darker and Freed (parts 1 and 2?!) at Universal. In his statement, he noted:

I literally wish I could be in two places at once, but the opportunity to resume my producing career right now, including the possibility of continuing on the Fifty Shades trilogy, makes this the right choice for me at this unique moment in time. I look forward to continuing to work with Columbia on my existing productions there.

Insiders had a feeling this twist was coming. But Fifty Shades fans can certainly see it as a positive turn of events.

After all, De Luca and Dana Brunetti produced the first installment together, and De Luca's move is a sign that production of the franchise is rock solid! That is, even though he used very delicate language: "the possibility of continuing." Uh, dude wouldn't have QUIT his job if it was just a possibility, right?

Still, the second flick definitely needs a new director at the helm -- and hopefully a screenwriter to at least co-write the script with the ambitious, but painfully poor scribe Erika Leonard ... So when it comes to "action" actually being afoot with Darker's filming? Let's not hold our breath!

When do you guess the film will start shooting -- and be released?


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