Love it or hate it, Fifty Shades of Grey proved to be just as big a phenomenon at the box office as it was on the bestseller list (read our review). Of course, given its worldwide take of $400 million (and counting), it's a no-brainer for Universal to start moving on film adaptations for the rest of the E.L. James' book trilogy.
However, it looks like fans expecting an announcement about the status of Fifty Shades Darker sooner rather than later may have to temper their anticipation. We've already heard that James is angling for more creative control of the franchise going forward, but at least one crucial part of the first film appears to be on board whenever the sequels do happen.
According to Gossip Cop, star Jamie Dornan - who plays the enigmatic Christian Grey in the Fifty Shades trilogy - has not left the film series, despite some reports claiming the actor had exited the role in future films due to his wife's complaints about the subject matter. A rep for Dornan reportedly said that such claims were the result of "pure conjecture as the studio has not committed to a sequel."
We had recently heard that the studio was (naturally) interested in continuing the film series, and it's a little hard to believe that Dornan wouldn't have already been asked to sign up for the sequels as part of his initial contract. After all, Charlie Hunnam backed away from the role that ultimately went to Dornan, citing his busy schedule. It's quite likely that the commitment of an entire trilogy of films was part of the reason for his hesitation to join the project.
More likely, Dornan and co-star Dakota Johnson already have their deals squared away for the next two films, and it's simply a matter of locking down the creative team behind the camera before pre-production ramps up for the second film. In any case, Universal has a major moneymaker on their hands, and moviegoers are all but guaranteed to see more of Christian Grey in the near future.
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Source: Gossip Cop