Universal starts work on Fifty Shades Of Grey follow-up

News Simon Brew 4 Jul 2014 - 07:47

Universal is on the search for screenwriters to get E L James' second Fifty Shades book to the big screen...

With the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey set for release on Valentine's Day next year, Universal has decided to get moving already on the follow-up book, Fifty Shades Darker.

The Tracking Board reports this morning that the studio has decided to press ahead with the sequel, and has the project down as an open writing assignment. Or, in other words, it's now actively seeking a screenwriter to adapt E L James' text for the screen. That points to original screenwriters Kelly Marcel, Patrick Marber and Mark Bomback not being involved, or at least not yet.

Producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will be taking the next instalment forward, and we can't imagine the key cast won't be back. Director Sam Taylor-Johnson's involvement is thus far unclear.

More as we hear it...

The Tracking Board.

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