Fifty Shades of Grey Author E L James Announces Screenwriter

Please welcome the newest member of Team Fifty — Kelly Marcel!

E L James announced the news view Twitter:

Hi guys, I’m thrilled to announce we have a screenwriter for Fifty Shades of Grey. Details here: …

Below is an excerpt from the official Fifty Shades of Grey The Movie Facebook Page:

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”  Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James.  The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing.  Marcel served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode.  She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.

“Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks,” said De Luca.  “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley’s engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family,” added Brunetti.

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This is a huge step in the movie adaptation process. Congratulations to Team Fifty and to Kelly Marcel!

10 thoughts on “Fifty Shades of Grey Author E L James Announces Screenwriter

  1. Very excited that you are moving forward! Please consider Alex Pettyfer & Alexis Bledel as the lead roles! Loved the books…reading them to my husband!;-)

  2. I think Ian Somerhalder is great for the role, due to the fact that the way christian was described looks just like him, except maybe the copper hair. But he as the smirk, the smile, the hair on the forehead and he even is working on the “saving the world” kind of thing, very philantropic. He also has picture with a grey suit meeting president Obama and he looked amazing. They should consider him

  3. Absolutely, no-doubt-about-it,100% IAN SOMERHALDER for the role of Christian Grey!!! He has the eyes, smirk, physique and acting chops needed for this part!! He can be vulnerable & sweet one moment, and then be commanding & a complete badass the next! Love Matt B. but he’s a bit too “nice” for this part. IAN all the way!!!!!!

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