It’s unbelievable that Author E.L. James wrote her international best seller Fifty Shades of Grey inspired by Twilight. Even if the casting didn’t start yet, Universal and Focus Features announced today that Kelly Marcel has been hired to write the film adaptation.
Marcel’s previous works include the 2011 script Saving Mr. Banks, about Walt Disney’s long pursuit to obrain the film rights to the P.L. Travers book Mary Poppins. The project is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios, with Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell starring.
Marcel also served as the co-creator and executive producer of the short-lived Fox series Terra Nova.
Here’s what Fifty Shades producer Dana Brunetti had to say about Marcel in today’s announcement:
“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. We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelly’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.”
With a writer now hired, it is time for Fifty Shades to focus on who will be chosen to direct and, most importantly, start casting the main roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
Who do think could fit the role of Antastasia and Grey?