The rumors that James Foley will direct Fifty Shades Darker seems to be as confirmed as it’s going to be. He did a podcast interview on The Moment and refers to Fifty Shades of Grey Sequel as his next adventure and talks about having to hire his team (roughly 30 minutes into the show). He speaks most about Fifty Shades at the end of the show, but it comes up from time to time throughout the show.
Thank you to @Sinochick for tweeting me the interview.
I know there has been a lot of talk about the director being female, mostly that the director should be. And, I think it would be great for Hollywood and woman if the director was a female. But, it’s not. I’m ok with that. I think that it was good that we had a female director for Fifty Shades of Grey. Whether you like Sam or not, it was a step in the right direction. But it’s interesting that one of her real strength as a director was of making an artistic film, not necessarily a film for woman. Not that it wasn’t, but her strength was in the artistry. I will say that I enjoyed her sex scenes, they had the right balance of sex and sensuality.
But as for championing female directors, the problem is that there aren’t many with experience and Fifty Shades Darker is slated to be a blockbuster film earning hundreds of millions of dollars. Darker will need to up the game from Fifty Shades of Grey, show growth and fix a few of the issues from Fifty Shades of Grey. All of that makes the case for a director with a little more tangible experience.
I think more important than a female director, is the right director, one who understands the story and is willing to work with the existing team behind the Fifty Shades franchise.
As for the necessary woman’s touch for the Fifty Shades of Grey series. I think that Erika can handle this. I have no doubt that she had a hand in the writing of the script and that she’ll be a presence on the set, just as she was for Fifty Shades of Grey. I think more important than the gender of the director, writer and any other part of the production team is that they work together for a united vision.
I wish all the luck to James Foley in his new role. So lets learn a little bit more about him.
I’ll admit to a soft spot for this New York City born and raised (Bay Ridge, BK) director, who also went to college in Buffalo, NY.
While at first glance James Foley doesn’t seem to have a ton of directing credits, or maybe it’s because his credits are for films that I haven’t seen. But, the films and TV shows he’s done are fantastic and award winning.
James Foley’s first film was Reckless which starred Aidan Quinn and Daryl Hannah, while these two have been quiet in years past, they were very big names in the 1980s and great actors. I probably saw this movie back in the 80s myself. In 1992 Jamie directed Glengarry Glen Ross, based on a Pulitzer Prize winning book, Tony award winning play and starred Al Pacino, who happened to win an Academy Award for his role in the film. He’s also done The Chamber, based on the book by John Grisham, The Corruptor starring Chow Yun-Fat and Mark Wahlberg, Confidence starring Edward Burns, and Perfect Stranger starring Halle Berry. But he’s worked with many other great actors on these films, Jack Lemmon, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Grey, Sean Penn, Christopher Walkin, Kiefer Sutherland, Madonna, Reese Witherspoon, Andrew Arlie (AKA Mr. Grey), Gene Hackman, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman, and Bruce Willis to name a few.
I saw someone post that he hadn’t done that much, a couple movies years ago and some video’s for Madonna. That’s someone who looked at a list, and missed the depth to the list. That is a great line up of films with some of the best actors and actresses in Hollywood. He strikes me as doing the projects he wants to do and then does it well. The years between his projects also seems to be a time when he learned a lot about himself and the type of work he wants to do. A time when he’s gone from being a great director to a fantastic director. Since his early days he’s directed a few episodes of TV Shows, most notably House of Cards. I know a lot of Fifty Shades Fans follow the series, and it’s a well done series, that’s fun to watch and makes you want to love the man you should really hate.
From Jamie’s podcast interview I think that he’s going to have a good working relationship with Team 50, and he’s really going to bring out more of the characters of Christian and Ana in Darker, which seems to be the strength of Fifty Shades Darker and why it’s the favorite book in the series for most fans.
Welcome James Foley!