All Signs Seem to Point to 'Fifty Shades Darker' Being Delayed

Details about a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel have been trickling out at a snail's pace, but up until recently, most of us chalked it up to EL James's supremely high and often inexplicable standards and desire to shroud the project in secrecy. But time is running out and it now seems Fifty Shades Darker may be delayed because there are so many unresolved issues that seem to be stalling production.

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The number one problem right now appears to be casting. Why in the world is it taking so long to hire a casting director, which is typically one of the first priorities in a production? Although Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are absolutely, definitely reprising their roles as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, who is Jack Hyde? Who is going to challenge Christian and create incredible delicious drama in the sequel? Will Charlize Theron play Mrs. Robinson and, if not, which actress possesses the sophistication to take on Christian's first lover?

And, seriously, has Alexis Bledel even been asked to consider the role of Leila Williams, or is this all purely fan speculation?

It's becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction when it comes to Fifty Shades Darker and it doesn't help to know that even the film's producer, Dana Brunetti, admits they are "nowhere near" casting the rest of the film.

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At the very least, Fifty Shades Darker has an exciting director in James Foley, and with James's husband Niall Leonard writing the script, you have to imagine there's fire beneath his feet at all times to complete the script — and that he'll finish it to his wife's liking (which means you can probably expect a lot of her original dialogue to stay put in the film. Um, for better or worse).

But another issue seems to be the rating system versus James's being allowed to tell her story the way she first imagined it. Obviously, Fifty Shades Darker (the book) is quite raunchy. Dornan was apparently even offered a $1.5 million bonus if he would agree to go full-frontal in love scenes. He has yet to reply to this offer (at least to our knowledge), but doing so would mean the movie would get an NC-17 rating, which would apparently affect the number of theaters that agree to show the film.

I'm guessing that won't be much of a problem because, come hell or high water, Fifty Shades's fans are going to find their way to a theater that is running the film. The biggest dilemma here really seems to be that casting is in its infancy stages, even though shooting is slated to begin in just a few months.

Given the circumstances, you're setting everyone up so that they will have to work under intense pressure — not the best thing to do when you already have a reputation of having created a less-than-stellar work environment with your first film (as former director Sam Taylor-Johnson and writer Kelly Marcel know only too well).

 

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