Universal Pictures Names ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Screenwriter

Writer Kelly Marcel has been chosen to be the screenwriter for the erotic love story, “50 Shades of Grey.” Blair Stover has the details below.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features won the rights to the “50 Shades” series in March and released a statement this month announcing Kelly Marcel as the screenwriter. “50 Shades of Grey” is the first book in a trilogy, written by Erika Leonard who writes under the name E L James. The trilogy follows the relationship of a naïve girl’s sexual experiences with a possessive, billionaire.

Producing the film will be Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti. Brunetti stated, “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelly’s engagement with the characters and world E L James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment out Fifty Shades family.”

Marcel is known for her writing of the TV series “Terra Nova” and the Marry Poppins bio-pic “Saving Mr. Banks.” Marcel recently tweeted, “Beyond thrilled to be jumping aboard the 50 Shades train. Very Exciting!”

“50 Shades of Grey” has sold over 32 million copies in the United States alone.

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