NEW YORK (AP) — “Fifty Shades of Grey” stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will reprise their roles in the sequels “Fifty Shades Darker” and “Fifty Shades Freed” on Valentine’s weekends in 2017 and 2018 respectively, Universal Pictures announced Thursday.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting Suspect Farrakhan Muhammad Taken Into Custody In Florida
The studio said the release dates would be Feb. 10, 2017, and Feb. 9, 2018. It also confirmed that the script for “Darker” will be written by the husband of series author E L James, Niall Leonard, who is also a published author.READ MORE: Israelis In South Florida Monitoring Violence In Home Country, Want It To Stop
The first “50 Shades” film opened this year on Valentine’s Day weekend and became one of the biggest R-rated openings ever. It has grossed $569 million worldwide.
Kelly Marcel penned the original adaptation but isn’t returning. Also not returning is director Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose disputes with James were well-known.MORE NEWS: Woman Who Snuck Into American Sr. High Posing As Student To Promote Instagram Account Bonds Out
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