Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for their Power Lawyer breakfast, offering a keynote speech on building franchises and keeping momentum.
Langley referenced smaller films that went on to become mainstream hits, such as the hugely successful Fast and the Furious series (the latest installment of which has grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide) as well as The Bourne Identity, crediting Universal’s ability to build franchises out of “the little engines that could.” More interestingly, Langley spoke out about the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey sequel, as well as the recent reports on the conflict between the creative team and the studio. She noted that, “For the record, the movie we ended up making is exactly the movie I wanted to make and that the studio wanted to make and that our director wanted to make.”
Langley went on to confirm that the second installment will be “more of a thriller” and shared that E.L. James’ husband, Niall Leonard—who has taken over script writing duties on Fifty Shades Darker—had previously written a draft for the first film.
Fifty Shades Darker is currently scheduled to hit theaters in February of 2017.
For more from Langley, head to THR.