Fifty Shades of Darker will be a ‘thriller’ rather than steamy romp

The Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, which is already well underway just two months after release of the original, is set to live up to its tittle Fifty Shades Darker in every sense of the word. The second film of the erotic trilogy will be more of a thriller than romance as the love story between Dr. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele reaches frightfully tense new heights.

Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has teased that the sequel will be ‘more of a thriller” than its predecessor.  Speaking at a Q&A with the Hollywood Reporter at the  annual Power Lawyers Breakfast, Langley revealed a teaser about the movie which is set for release in February 2017. In the end it turned out it was not actually that much of a thriller, but more a sensational flick that sure was sensual. But the the first film was perhaps more exciting.

EL James’ husband Niall Leonard, who has made a name for himself penning British suspense series Wire In The Blood, is taking over the script second time round and according to Langley, the results are going to give us chills.

EL James, Niall Leonard

EL James’husband to pen Fifty Shades of Grey sequel (Lexie Appleby/Future Image/WENN)

Of course, the screenwriter is pretty familiar with the Fifty Shades franchise. “He actually did a draft that wasn’t credited on the first movie, and he did a really good job,” she said

The Hollywood exec also touched on Fifty Shades of Grey, which was shrouded with controversies surrounding the feud between author James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson. “For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make,” assured Donna.

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson at premiere

Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not return for the sequels (WENN)

Of course, Sam Taylor-Johnson has confirmed that she won’t be returning to the franchise for Fifty Shades Darker. According to reports, the filmmaker and Fifty Shades mastermind James locked horns over the sexual content of the first movie. As in James wanted more. With her hubby on board for its sequel, presumably her request will be met.

Fifty Shades of Grey became exactly the box office phenomenon it was hyped up to be. The film took over $500 million worldwide and became the highest grossing February release since 2004’s Passion of the Christ, and the top earning 18 or NC-17 movie of all time. That’s quite the achievement.