E.L. James' Husband To Write 'Fifty Shades' Sequel

E.L. James and husband Niall Leonard

As the director and screenwriter leave after the first film, the author's husband will write the script for the sequel, 'Fifty Shades Darker'...

Update 23rd April 2015:

E.L. James has enlisted the help of her husband, Niall Leonard in bringing the 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' sequel to the silver screen, according to 'The Hollywood Reporter'.

The author and screenwriter will be responsible for writing the script for 'Fifty Shades Darker' after the screenwriter for the first film, Kelly Marcel, pulled out of the sequels.

He's worked on British TV shows 'Air Force One Is Down' and 'Wire In The Blood', and is also the author of the Crusher book series. He also worked on the original script for the first 'Fifty Shades' film but was not credited.

Producer, Michael De Luca told 'The Hollywood Reporter': "Niall is an outstanding writer in his own right, with multiple established credits, and we are lucky to have him join Team Fifty".

The news comes as rumours continue about a clash between author, James and director, Sam Taylor-Johnson who will also not be returning for the sequel.

Update 26th March 2015:

Director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not be returning for 'Fifty Shades Darker' amid reports she and author E.L James have continually butt heads over creative differences throughout production. 
Reports from Variety and other sources suggest that the 48-year-old director wanted to distance herself from the franchise.
It's thought that E.L James is considering adapting the script for the next film herself following reports that screen-writer Kelly Marcel will also not be returning.

Update 13th March 2015:

It's good news for Christian Grey fans everywhere as Jamie Dornan has confirmed he will be returning for the next instalment of E.L James controversial movie when it begins filming next spring. 

The idea was that we honour the trilogy and do all three," he explained.

Jamie also vehemently denied reports by Australia's 'NW' magazine that he was quitting the franchise over concerns from his wife Amelia Warner about the steamy scenes insisting she has given her full blessing. He added: "Of course she would have read the scripts well in advance, and she’s massively supportive of Fifty Shades." 

The 32-year-old actor and co-star Dakota Johnson were both met with criticism over their lack of chemistry on screen, but Jamie has laughed off the complaints.

He explained: "They wouldn’t have shot the film with us if there was a chemistry problem...whatever chemistry means. You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get a part like this, and they simply wouldn’t have cast us."

Update - Thursday 12th March 2015

The good news comes after co-star Dylan Neal confirmed extra lovemaking scenes were shot and there was a strong possibility they could be woven into the DVD release.  

Speaking on a the extra-length version of raunchy uncut scenes between Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, He told Mailonline: "I would not be surprised if maybe there was some extras in the DVD release or the directors cut. There was lots of stuff left in the editing room which would push it over into NC-17." 

In the U.S the NC-17 means that only those aged 17 and over can view a film, which strongly suggests there was more explicit content left on the cutting room floor which could now be revealed - much to the delight of fans who thought the film's big screen debut was too tame! 

Update - Wednesday 3rd March 2015: 

Maybe Jamie's enthusiasm towards a sequel comes from reports he was offered a huge pay rise to reprise the role of Christian Grey. According to reports he's been offered £4.5M, a cool £80K more than he received for the first instalment of the 'Fifty Shades' trilogy. Producers were so worried Dornan won't star in the sequel, they had been keen to pay him a considerably bigger sum.

The Irish hunk's rep previously put to bed rumours about Jamie Dornan's departure from the film and dismissed the reports as "pure conjecture " further explaining to US site Gossip Cop, "the studio has not committed to a sequel as yet." 

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson - article

The movie sensation grossed over 90 million dollars in it's first four opening days, however, according to reports, the lady at the helm of the movie, Mrs Sam Taylor-Johnson, will not be working on the next two films. 

The bitter feud between the director and the book's original author over the creative process of the films has reportedly got so heated that the blonde 47-year-old is keen to pull out of the franchise, despite having originally signed on to do them, according to 'The Sun'. 


Whilst the few lucky fans who got to see a private screening of the eagerly waited film in New York have praised the film, it seems as though the critics have been harder to impress. 

As fans come to terms with the fact there are only 15 minutes of naughty bits throughout the ENTIRE two hour movie, it seems the film might be more tame than was expected.

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"[It's] the most purely tasteful and softcore depiction of sadomasochism in cinema history'. Bradshaw adds that the film is 'like being bent over a Jasper Conran pine-effect table and having your bum smacked with a copy of Condé Nast Traveller while the Nespresso capsules go all over the floor". - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"[It] plays like the opening of an [adult movie] movie in which a washing machine repairman will turn up at a house and be met by a bored housewife." - Kaleem Aftab, the Independent 

"As dodgy, ludicrous and funny, as the film might be, as a public spectacle it’s probably not as embarrassing as being seen reading the book." Rita DiSanto, The Daily Mirror.

"Men might well be happy to go along this weekend, with generous eyefuls of Ana as compensation, for such service. Just be sure to have a fleet of Audis and a private jet waiting when you come out if you don't want to disappoint, guys." - David Sexton, Evening Standard

"Fifty Shades of Grey starts to lose its sense of humor and elicit the wrong kind of giggles — climaxing with a hilariously overblown S&M montage laden with so many slow-motion dissolves as to suggest that Ana wasn’t the only one wearing a blindfold during the assembly." - Justin Chang, Variety

>> Judge it yourself! FULL SCENES from 'Fifty Shades of Grey'<<

"Free of full-frontal nudity and excessive thrusting… I didn’t mind getting the less explicit version, because the movie is at its best when it keeps things swift and light. Fifty Shades of Grey is not the lame, hot-and-bothered fantasy romance many, including myself, thought it would be. It’s got wit and humour and a modest intelligence about human behaviour that, say, the Twilight movies never had." - Richard Lawson, Vanity Fair