Brace yourself folks, preferably with some kind of high-grade leather whip: the two sequels to "Fifty Shades of Grey," "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed," are officially being developed as major motion pictures that film journalists everywhere will only have a cursory interest in seeing. According to MTV this bit of news was announced at a fan screening of the film held in New York on Friday morning, where director Sam Taylor-Johnson, author E.L. James, and stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan made an appearance. There were apparently gasps and screams of ecstasy from the audience.
The first adaptation of the trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey," opens this weekend and has already reported record-breaking pre-release ticket sales. The film concerns the BDSM relationship between a young woman and a powerful millionaire (or something). This was the book that women everywhere were pretending was another book while reading it on the subway.
While Dornan and Johnson are locked into the three-movie deal, it's unclear if Taylor-Johnson will return for the subsequent films given with how publicly she didn't get along with author James on the first film (to the point where James overruled Taylor-Johnson's preferred ending for the movie). It's not like Dornan and Johnson have gotten along much better, but hey, that's what ironclad contracts are for, right guys? Talk about bondage.