Kelly Marcel to script ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

'Terranova' producer wrote Mary Poppins-themed 'Saving Mr. Banks'

“Terranova” co-creator Kelly Marcel has been tapped to pen “Fifty Shades of Grey” for Universal and Focus Features.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ tome alongside James.

“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.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy in March of this year in one of the more heated bidding wars in recent years. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal.

Since acquiring those rights, Universal and Focus have been working on figuring out what they want the project to look like.

Prior to De Luca and Brunetti coming on board, a handful of producers met over several months before they were picked and a similar amount of time was taken in selecting a writer.

Sources tell Variety that while some men were considered, Universal and Focus were looking for a femme scribe. Other writers considered included “The Killing” scribe/exec producer Veena Sud, “Game of Thrones” scribe Vanessa Taylor and “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan.

It’s not surprising the producers were considering mainly TV writers, given a deeper bench of women working on the smallscreen.

Besides “Terranova,” the WME-repped Marcel also penned Disney’s Mary Poppins backstory pic “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is currently in production and stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety