Home Movies Exclusive: “Fifty Shades” Sequels Will Be Filmed Together, Or Back to Back

I’m late to the “Fifty Shades” news today– James Foley is directing “Fifty Shades Darker.” He’s probably directing “Fifty Shades Freed.” Foley’s name appeared on trade news websites today.

But I was told two weeks ago that the movies would be made with overlapping productions to save money. This is the way “The Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” were done as well. It was presumed two weeks ago that the director, who was yet to be named, would do both films and wrap up the trilogy.

“Fifty Shades” made $569 million worldwide when it was released last February. I’ve never read these “books” (I tried the first but you needed two years of contract law to get through it). I’m told “Darker” will be more a thriller than a sex romp.

Foley, a respected film director, lately directed many episodes of “House of Cards.” The show and the “Shades” share a producer, Dana Brunetti, if you’re wondering how Foley made the cross over.

Foley should know about S&M. He was best man at the wedding of Sean (Penn) and Madonna.

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