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Fifty Shades fans won't get a sequel as soon as they'd hoped

The countdown for Fifty Shades Darker has officially started

Dates have been announced for the Fifty Shades of Grey sequels.

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But unfortunately, the sequel, Fifty Shades Darker, won't be as soon as we hoped. Focus Features announced the second film in the Fifty Shades franchise will be released Feb. 10, 2017, with Fifty Shades Freed coming one year after that on Feb. 9, 2018.

That means a two-year wait between the first film, which came out last February over Valentine's Day weekend.

Of course, we were all hoping that the film would be able to pull out a 2016 release date, but with a script not even finished and director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, opting out of the sequels, it's just good to know that Focus is moving forward with the franchise.

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Not that we had any doubts. The film, after all, had the biggest R-rated opening ever, grossing $568 million worldwide, according to Yahoo!.

It was also recently announced that author E L James' husband, Niall Leonard, will be writing the screenplay for Darker. Though he wasn't credited, he did work on the script for the first film as well, according to the Hollywood Reporter. His other writing credits include the British TV shows Air Force One is Down and Wire on the Blood. He also authored the Crusher book series.

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According to reports, James is known for keeping a stronghold on creative control in the adaptations of her books, which had her clashing on set with Taylor-Johnson, causing the director to opt out of the second film. It is also the rumored reason screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, isn't returning as well.

Film stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, who play Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, respectively, will both reprise their roles in Darker.

Are you disappointed Fifty Shades Darker won't be released until February 2017?

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