Looks like E.L. James is finally starting to whip things into gear by choosing a screenwriter for the film adaptation for the first of her three wildly popular “Fifty Shades of Grey” books.
James has tied up fellow British writer Kelly Marcel for the job.
Not only is Marcel a co-creator, writer and producer of the hit Fox TV show “Terra Nova,” but she is also the co-artistic director of The Bad Dog Theatre Company in England alongside actor Tom Hardy.
Recently, she scored a huge movie writing gig with Disney for a new film called “Saving Mr. Banks,” starring talents Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti and Colin Farrell. Marcel was given the task of writing the screenplay for “Saving Mr. Banks,” a behind-the-scenes story of how Disney classic “Mary Poppins” came to be the movie we know and love.
It’ll be interesting to watch Marcel go from the land of Disney to the red room of pain, but if James trusts her to bring the pain, then she must be the right gal for the job.
50 shades’ producer Mike De Luca had nothing but nice things to say about Marcel.
“Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character,” he said in a statement.
Now that the writer has been chosen, the next big decisions need to be made, you know, like casting. Let’s just make this easier for everyone and cast Matt Bomer as Christian Grey and Emilia Clarke as Anastasia Steele. You’re welcome.