Good news arrived Thursday for Fifty Shades of Grey fans.
Universal announced Thursday that the sequel to the box office blockbuster will hit theaters on Feb. 10, 2017. The third film in the series will debut Feb. 9, 2018.
The news came one day after The Hollywood Reporter reported exclusively that the husband of EL James, author of the Fifty Shades trilogy, will write the script for the second film. Niall Leonard, who is married and has two sons with the British author, is an author himself, in addition to being a screenwriter.
James, whose real name is Erika Leonard, has been credited with keeping a strong amount of creative control when it comes to Universal’s adaptations of her books, the second of which is titled Fifty Shades Darker. After clashing with James, Sam Taylor-Johnson isn’t returning to direct the sequel.
Stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan are negotiating for more money for the sequel after the first film, release over Valentine’s Day weekend of this year, earned a massive $568.8 million worldwide.
Rita Ora will return for both Fifty Shades of Grey sequels.
The news came to light last week after WikiLeaks republished its leaked Sony Pictures emails with a new, Google-style search engine. Ora portrayed Christian Grey’s (Jamie Dornan) adoptive sister, Mia Grey, in the first film, and will reprise the role in Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.
“Excited for you to meet Rita Ora tomorrow,” the 24-year-old singer’s U.S. agent, Franklin Latt, wrote to then-Sony Pictures chairwoman Amy Pascal in November 2014. “We all sat with her today and she’s an incredible spark.”
“She’d love to continue working with great artists and find unique-strong female characters along the way,” he added. “Rita, 23, will appear in Universal’s upcoming FIFTY SHADES OF GREY playing the role of ‘Mia Grey’ and will appear in the next two installments of the movie.”
Ora released her first studio album, Ora, in August 2012, and has a second record in the works. The British singer made her acting debut in an episode of ITV series The Brief in 2004, and will appear in boxing drama Southpaw with Jake Gyllenhaal.