'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie Hires Writer
Kelly Marcel, Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" writer, will adapt E.L. James' bestselling book for Focus Features and Universal.
Kelly Marcel will write the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, author E.L. James revealed Monday on Twitter.
Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and James will produce the film for Focus Features and Universal Pictures.
Marcel wrote Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s 20-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. Mr. Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell, is in production at Disney.
Universal and Focus nabbed the rights to the mega-selling Fifty Shades trilogy for $5 million in March after a heated Hollywood bidding war. The books, about a torrid love affair between a college student and a mysterious billionaire, have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.