What a week for Christian Grey fans. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has yet to premiere in theaters, but according to attendees of the "Today" show's screening of the film in New York Friday, the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, has reportedly confirmed that the romance film will be getting two sequels.
While Universal, the studio behind the anticipated blockbuster, has yet to confirm the sequel news, well-followed “Fifty Shades” fan site administrators have shared details of the rumored announcement on social media. According to their statements, Taylor-Johnson told the audience that the second and third books in E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” series, “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed,” will be adapted for the big screen. James, as well as the film’s stars, Dakota Johnson (Anastasia “Ana” Steele) and Jamie Dornan (Christian Grey), were also present for the reveal.
Fifty Shades Darker and Freed announced after the screening. Hold on tight baby. #FiftyShadesFirst
â€” Christian Grey (@GreyChristianT) February 6, 2015
â€” JamieDakota (@justjamiedakota) February 6, 2015
â€” Julianne ER (@Julianne_ER) February 6, 2015
The “Fifty Shades Darker” movie is speculated to be released in 2016. According to some fan site reports, Taylor-Johnson will also direct the films.
"Fifty Shades" producer, Dana Brunetti, first spoke out about the possiblity of a sequel at the 2014 Academy Awards. While he claimed there were no solid plans to create a second film based on the popular book series, a separate report released by The Tracking Board revealed that Universal was already searching for the perfect screenwriter to pen a follow-up.
“Fifty Shades Darker,” released in 2012, follows Christian and Ana as they reunite following a brief seperation, their eventual engagement, and the first appearance by the villainous Mrs. Robinson. The third and final installment in the series,” Fifty Shades Freed,” includes the couple’s honeymoon, Ana's kidnapping, and the birth of the couple's son, Teddy. There are currently no plans for a fourth “Fifty Shades” book, despite some speculation James is prepping one.
As expected, fans of James’ best-selling series are over the moon about the announcement. Here are a few of the best Twitter reactions:
Me when I found out they will be going fifty shades darker and freed pic.twitter.com/VYw9QzGaEL
â€” Miss Steele (@xanaxsteelex) February 6, 2015
FIFTY SHADES DARKER E FIFTY SHADES FREED CONFIRMADOS pic.twitter.com/N8qMweF2T9
â€” amanda (@captaincgrey) February 6, 2015
so wait the fifty shades freed and fifty shades darker will be as movies as well? Omg this is exciting
â€” theo james ☯ (@TheoBiebs) February 6, 2015
DAKOTA AND JAMIE WANT TO SHOOT FIFTY SHADES DARKER AND FIFTY SHADES FREED, AWWWW
â€” kinky fuckery ✿ (@ratherrob) February 6, 2015