‘Fifty Shades of Grey 2’ and ‘Furious 8’ get release dates

Money talks, and when it does, sequels happen. The next two “Fifty Shades of Grey” movies have release dates: Feb. 10, 2017, for “Fifty Shades Darker” and Feb. 9, 2018, for “Fifty Shades Freed” (and baby makes three!).

“Fifty Shades of Grey” made more than $500 million worldwide, and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are signed for the sequels. All that talk about friction on the set and lack of chemistry between the stars might be true — it probably is true — but it means nothing compared to the $500 million. Those sequels were going to happen. “Fifty Shades of Grey” is not a special effects movie (whips are cheap) and there’s a lot of profit in those numbers.

It sounds like E.L. James, the creator of this whole shebang, is asserting herself. Sam Taylor-Johnson, the director of “Fifty Shades of Grey,” wanted nothing more to do with James or any sequels. James’ husband, Niall Leonard, is working on the screenplay to “Fifty Shades Darker.” Leonard has written novels and for British TV, and he couldn’t do any worse than the first one. Let’s hope.

Some teaser footage from “Fifty Shades Darker” will be included in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” DVD and Blu-Ray, scheduled for release on May 8. Since the new movie won’t go into production until next year, that footage will have to be outtakes from the first one.

And speaking of profitable franchises, “Furious 8,” the next installment in “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, has a release date: April 14, 2017. Vin Diesel made the announcement at CinemaCon, the Las Vegas movie trade show.

“Furious 7” has made more than $1.15 billion worldwide and could become one of the top five movies of all time. Diesel has been emotional in his public appearances when talking about his co-star, the late Paul Walker, and he was again at CinemaCon. He remembered how he made the announcement for “Furious 7” at the same event with Walker two years ago. “Furious 7” is likely to remain the No. 1 movie in the U.S. for another week, until “Avengers: Age of Ultron” takes over.

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