The next installment of the Fifty Shades trilogy, Darker, has been advertised as a little more of a thriller. With Niall Leonard, EL James’ husband writing the script I am not surprised at all. Niall is a successful writer in his own right and I have no doubt that he will capture the many details, nuances, and relationships that are a part of Darker. Just like I am sure he will do some of the more suspenseful moments justice.
Speaking during a keynote Q&A at The Hollywood Reporter’s ninth annual Power Lawyers Breakfast, Universal’s Donna Langley detailed the challenges of building strong film franchises from the ground up and then maintaining their momentum.
If there is something that Niall does well in his books is to build momentum. Universal has honed there skills on “little engines that could”. If The Bourne Identity, Fast and the Furious, and the Pitch Perfect franchises are any indication, Universal knows how to build a great platform for its movies.
Fifty Shades Darker will be a great sequel under Universals and Team 50 expertise.
In the meantime, I will have to take solace during the wait by watching Fifty Shades starting this Friday on digital download or blu ray on May 8th.