Writer E.L. James seems to have decided to keep it in the family. “The Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy author has given the responsibility of penning down the script of “fifty shades darker” to husband Niall Leonard.
Leonard is an established author and scriptwriter and has contributed to British shows like “Air Force One Is Down” and “Wire in the Blood”, and written novels like Crusher, Incinerator and Shredder in the past. Hardly a month ago, it was revealed that director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be directing the next movie of the fifty shades of grey franchise than now the change of the scriptwriter. Like the first movie the character of Christian Grey will be played by Jamie Dornan and Anastasia Steele by Dakota Johnson.
“Fifty Shades of Grey,” which released on the Presidents’ Day weekend was a massive blockbuster. It earned a whopping $85,171,450 in its opening weekend and its total collection at the box office was $165,982,915 (Domestic), 402,816,353(Foreign). The budget for the first film was $40 million and the producers are planning to keep the budget same for the second film as well.
Director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be a part of the further ventures of the fifty family. The English director told E! Online.com
“Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” Taylor-Johnson said in a statement.
While thanking Universal for the success, she went on to say that he had formed a close relationship with the cast, producers and crew. particularly Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan during the making of the show. Johnson further added that she would not be directing the sequels, but wished good luck to whoever would be taking the direction mantle from her.
Rumors of tension between her and husband Leonard began during the making of the first film and so her quitting the venture does not come as a shock. It is yet to be revealed as to who is going to direct the further sequels of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” but we sure hope that the changes made in the crew are for the good.