'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Sequels Already Being Planned

'Fifty Shades of Grey' looks to soar at the box office and sequels 'Fifty Shades Darker' and 'Fifty Shades Freed' are being planned.

Fifty Shades of Grey sequels planned

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and this year that means it's time for E.L. James' erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey to wend its way into theaters and make audience members either melt into their seats, or wriggle their way out of them due to the sheer awkwardness of it all. Dakota Johnson plays Anastasia Steele, a shy and breathy-voiced English major who manages to woo secretive billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan), and enters into a strange new world of BDSM.

James' modern-day bodice ripper has already broken sales records in the literary world and is expected to perform well at the box office as well, with early tracking pointing to a $45 million debut in North America. Since James' novel has two sequels - Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed - it's easy to guess that the box office projection means for the future.

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson announced to fans that Fifty Shades of Grey will be followed by two more movies during an advance screening last week. Although Universal Pictures has yet to release any further information about the sequels (such as release dates), this was definitely to be expected; Hollywood isn't exactly known for its love of standalone films.

Universal could feasibly target a Valentine's Day 2016 release for Fifty Shades Darker and a Valentine's Day 2017 release for Fifty Shades Freed, which would make sense if the studio wants to follow the popular tradition of releasing each new franchise entry at around the same time each year. If that is the plan, then Fifty Shades Darker will likely begin filming quite soon.