'Fifty Shades' Screenwriter Says She Won't Watch Film: "My Heart Really Was Broken"
According to Kelly Marcel, promises made to her by the studio and producers were "utter, utter bullshit."
Evidently, there is at least one person out there who has yet to see Fifty Shades of Grey.
The film adaptation of author EL James' sexy bestseller was a huge hit upon its February release, with a follow-up on the way. However, the film's production was notoriously fraught with tension, and the experience was not at all what screenwriter Kelly Marcel expected.
"I very much wanted to do something different with the screenplay, and when I spoke to the studio and the producers and made that quite clear, they were very enthusiastic about that and loved the things I wanted to do," Marcel said on Bret Easton Ellis' podcast, as reported by Vulture. "When I delivered that script was when I realized that all of them saying, 'Yeah, absolutely this is what we want!,' and, 'You can write anything you like and get crazy and artistic with it' — that was utter, utter bullshit."
Marcel, who also wrote the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, explained that she and James differed on the direction the script should take. "[James] was like, 'This isn't what I want it to be, and I don't think this is the film the fans are looking for,' " Marcel said. "In the end, I think we ended up with a draft that was a halfway compromise, but she had still been very brave about what she had let go."
Marcel confirmed that things were tense between James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is not returning for the sequel, with Marcel saying that it was "very difficult" for the director to be "handcuffed" by James' vision. However, Marcel also pointed out that it was always clear James would have ultimate control over the Universal film.
The screenwriter pointed out that she has not seen the film because she wouldn't be able to view it "without feeling some pain about how different it is to what I initially wrote." Marcel added, "My heart really was broken by that process, I really mean it."
The full exchange between Marcel and Ellis can be heard below.