Fifty Shades of Grey
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Of GreyUniversal Pictures

Fifty Shades Of Grey became a blockbuster even though the movie was slammed by critics. The future of its sequel Fifty Shades Darker, however, appears grim, especially after the exit of director Sam Taylor Johnson from the franchise.

The BDSM themed erotic movie collected a whopping $566 million worldwide against a budget of $40 million and fans of Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are eagerly waiting for their return as the wealthy entrepreneur Christian Grey and the naive college student Anastasia Steele.

According to a report by Venture Capital Post, author E L James, the writer of the best-selling novel of the same name, will return to write the script for the sequel, the second of the book trilogy.

The website also claims that the cast of the movie has already been finalised and there are high chances that the lead actors Dornan and Johnson, will return to reprise their roles.

There were rumours that following wife Amelia Warner's discomfort over her husband's graphic nude scenes, the 32-year-old star would quit the franchise.

However, later his spokesperson addressed the rumours and clarified that the Northern Irish actor would be back in the sequel of Fifty Shades Of Grey.

"Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film."

However, Universal Pictures has a mammoth task ahead to hire a director to helm the popular franchise before beginning work on the erotic movie.

After the blockbuster reception for Fifty Shades, chances are high that fans will be able to see the second instalment of the BDSM themed movie which is expected to premiere in 2017, Enstarz reports.