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Kelly Marcel to pen Fifty Shades of Grey screenplay

Fifty Shades of Grey

Story by Jack Foley

KELLY Marcel has been hired to pen the screenplay for the big screen adaptation of erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey.

Her previous credits include Saving Mr. Banks, the script for which made Hollywood’s Black List in 2011. That film, which recounts Walt Disney’s pursuit of the film rights to PL Travers’s book Mary Poppins, is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios with Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks and Colin Farrell heading the cast.

She also served as a writer and executive producer on Fox’s short-lived dinosaur drama Terra Nova.

Commenting on the appointment, Michael De Luca, co-producer of Fifty Shades of Grey, said: “Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humour and depth of character, which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr Banks.”

His producing partner Dana Brunetti added: “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelly’s engagement with the characters and [the] world EL James has created, and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family.”

Fifty Shades of Grey has become a literary sensation in book form, prompting two sequels – Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed – and selling more than 32 million copies world-wide.

The story follows the relationship between 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele.

The rights to the books were acquired by Universal and Focus in March, prompting widespread casting speculation that has yet to be resolved.

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