It looks like “Fifty Shades Darker” is finally becoming a reality. Almost eight months after Universal Pictures confirmed the second book in author E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” series was coming to the big screen in 2017, James announced she was “Vancouver bound” this week.
James, 52, took to Instagram Tuesday to reveal she was headed to Vancouver, the very same location where “Fifty Shades of Grey” filmed in 2013. Her update included a shot of her on a plane with “Fifty Shades” producer Dana Brunetti.
Brunetti, 42, posted a similar update, also revealing on Twitter he was also headed to Vancouver. While their trip caused buzz among some “Fifty” fans, Brunetti revealed their adventure may not have been for the long haul.
— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) December 9, 2015
After returning to Los Angeles with James on Wednesday, the film producer jokingly tweeted “We Quit.” His update included a shot of himself posing with James on a plane.
We quit! Back to LA. pic.twitter.com/Zoef5CTZXm
— Dana Brunetti (@DanaBrunetti) December 10, 2015
While James has not confirmed whether her latest Vancouver venture is in regards to “Darker,” it appears she’s been spending quite a bit of time with Brunetti this month. Hours after touching down in Vancouver she shared a snapshot of Brunetti taking a phone call, and in the days leading up to her flight, she revealed to her readers that she was, once again, spending quality time with the filmmaker. If that wasn't enough to excite fans, two days later she posted a “Fifty Shades”-inspired Instagram post of an Audi A3's interior and captioned it “#SubmissiveSpecial," an obvious ode to her best-selling romance books.
Variety reported last month that pre-production on “Fifty Shades Darker” was officially “underway” with filming due to begin in “early 2016.” While fans will have to wait until February 2017 to see Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey) and Dakota Johnson (Ana Steele) bring “Darker” to life onscreen, there is a potential silver lining for “Fifty” fans. Filmmakers reportedly have planned to shoot the final two films in the franchise back to back, which could mean a lot of social media updates from James next year! “Fifty Shades Freed” is scheduled to premiere in theaters February 2018.