Get excited! The release dates for the 50 Shades Of Grey sequels have been announced

It’s time for 50 Shades of Grey fans to get excited! The dates for the release of both sequels have been announced. This is good news if you’re a super fan, however, it might also be bad news as the dates are a long ways away.

Today it was announced at the 2015 CinemaCon that the first sequel, 50 Shades Darker, will open in theaters in February 10, 2017. Yup, almost 2 years away!

The third sequel, 50 Shades Freed, will be released one year later on February 9, 2018.

You’re probably wondering why there is such a large gap between the first film release and the two sequels. Well, one of the reasons is likely because the director of the first film Sam Taylor-Johnson has since stepped down from her position after several rifts with the book’s author E.L. James.

Sam Taylor-Johnson recently stepped down as director (WENN.com)

Sam Taylor-Johnson recently stepped down as director (WENN.com)

“Directing Fifty Shades of Grey has been an intense and incredible journey for which I am hugely grateful,” she said in a statement back in March. “I have Universal to thank for that. I forged close and lasting relationships with the cast, producers and crew and most especially, with Dakota [Johnson] and Jamie [Dornan]. While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three.”

Since Sam’s departure, no news has been released on who will be taking her spot as the director of the sequels. However, the decision of who takes over the role will probably not be an easy one, since the first film received poor reviews according to RottenTomatoes.com. This might also be part of the reason that there will be a bigger delay for the second film.

On a positive note, the film still did extremely well financially, raking in 568 million at the box office worldwide. This was likely as a result of the film being highly anticipated.

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return for the sequels (Instagram/50shadesmovie)

Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will return for the sequels (Instagram/50shadesmovie)

The second film will be highly anticipated as well, not only because of the new director coming in, but also because E.L. James has admitted that her husband is actually writing the screenplay for the second film, which is another change.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Michael De Luca confirmed the news in a statement, which said: “Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty.”

Let’s hope that the sequels are more impressive than the first. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait a long time to find out!