It’s set to be the most eagerly anticipated film of the decade, what with all the rumours already flying about who will direct and star in 50 Shades of Grey.
But at least the script writer has been set in stone: Kelly Marcel, the British executive producer and co-creator of American science fiction TV series, Terra Nova.
Marcel has also written the screenplay for the new Disney movie Saving Mr Banks, starring Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell and Emma Thompson, currently filming and due for release in 2014. The film centres on 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.
Universal Pictures, who won the movie rights to E.L James’ best-selling trilogy, and its subsidiary Focus Features, yesterday announced the hiring of Marcel.
The film’s producer, Michael De Luca (who produced Moneyball and The Social Network) said in a statement that Marcel had a, ‘Flawless structural technique’ and ‘passionate commitment to emotion, humour and depth of character.’ Praise, indeed.
Just who will take on the coveted roles of leads Christian Grey and Ana Steel are still undecided. Names including Matt Bomer, Ian Somerholder, Alex Pettyfer and Ryan Gosling have all been banded around to take on the mighty Mr Grey, with Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Watson rumoured to be playing Ana (though Emma furiously denied any connection to the script when Grazia met her last week. ‘I haven’t read the book, I haven’t been sent a script, I haven’t been approached,’ she told Grazia).
Let the rumour mill continue!