'50 Shades of Grey': Screenwriter Hired For E.L. James Big Screen Adaptation

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Kelly Marcel, the co-creator of television series Terranova, has been hired to write the screenplay for an upcoming film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Monday.

Marcel’s credits also include the 2011 Black List script for Saving Mr. Banks, a film about Disney’s 20-year pursuit of the adaptation rights for P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins.

Universal and Focus acquired the rights to adapt E.L. James’ blockbuster novel earlier in 2012. The announcement propels forward the highly-anticipated film version, which fans have insisted will absolutely have to be R-rated (or even NC-17) thanks to the source material’s sexually-charged content.

Who’s set to star in the ‘50 Shades’ film adaptation?

No actors have yet been cast in the film, despite widespread speculation from fans about who would be perfect to play literature student Anastasia Steele and handsome billionaire Christian Grey.

The story follows Steele as she finds herself in a sexual cat-and-mouse game with Grey. Originally written as fan fiction for the characters of Bella Swan and Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, the book developed a life of its own and the names were eventually changed en route to international publication.

50 Shades of Grey is the first novel in a trilogy which includes 50 Shades Darker and 50 Shades Freed, also written by James. Watch a featurette in which we speculate about potential casting choices for the upcoming film.

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  • Susan Wright
    Susan Wright

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