Fifty Shades of Grey is one step closer to thrusting off the page and onto the screen.
Kelly Marcel, a name likely unfamiliar to many until today, has been handed the daunting task of turning the darkest fantasies of housewives in best selling series form into the darest fantasies of housewives in a blockbuster film.
The screenwriter has been tasked with adapting E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey for the upcoming and highly anticipated film by Focus Features.
A press release from the studio confirms the news…
Marcel is known for her work in the short-lived, but epic FOX seires “Terra Nova,” which she wrote 13 episodes of.
But her expertise doesn’t stop there. In fact, she recently crafted a feature script for Saving Mr. Banks, a film about the making of Mary Poppins. The project was gobbled up by Walt Disney Pictures, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson attached to star.
According to the Huffington Post, Marcel was chosen for her ability to convey layered characters, as illustrated in Mr. Banks.
“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 Fifty Shades of Grey producer Michael De Luca in a statement.
De Luca is known for his work helming in the Oscar-winning film, The Social Network.
“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 Fifty Shades of Grey co-producer Dana Brunetti.
So, there you have it Hollyscoopers… The script is officially underway! Now, if we could only get Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson on board as Ana and Christian Grey, we’d be all set...
What? We can dream can’t we?