The British screenwriter of Fifty Shades of Grey, Kelly Marcel has given an interview to The Sunday Times where she talks candidly about the film adaptation of E L James' racy story about a torrid love affair between a college student, Anastasia Steele, and mysterious billionaire, Christian Grey. The writer opened up about her approach to writing the script, the films rating, and all of those crazy casting rumours.
Regardless of what you may think of the writing, this is a modern love story, involving two complex characters, and that’s what I’m interested in.
Universal and Focus snapped up the film rights for Fifty Shades of Grey for $5 million in March 2012 after a heated Hollywood bidding war. Marcel confirmed that the film – which is being co-produced by Dana Brunetti, who brought us The Social Network, and James herself – will be rated NC-17 (18 in the UK). Although she admits some of the sex scenes have been edited in order to get some plot in she assures fans it would stay true to its “raunchy” roots.
It’s going to be raunchy. We are 100% going there. We did go through and decide which are our favourites and which are not. Most of them are in there, but I can’t say more than that.
Sounds good so far. Marcel, the co-creator of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi TV series Terra Nova, also mentioned how she's had to take measures to keep the script top secret.
There are shredders arriving at my house at this moment because in LA my trash was gone through. Who is playing Christian, who is playing Ana – seriously, people are rabid about this thing.
Although casting rumours are rife, the screenwriter insists no actors will sign up until there is a finished script.
No actor would sign up to a film without a script. That would be insane.
Ultimately, Marcel wants to please the fans and has made that a priority.
The fans love this book, and I want them to love the film as much. I want to make them laugh and cry, to turn them on. I want this to do everything.
Marcel recently wrote the script for Saving Mr Banks, about Disney's 20-year pursuit of the film rights to Mary Poppins, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. She also did the rewrite on Bronson with British actor Tom Hardy, who wears a tattoo on his upper arm "Skribe" dedicated to Marcel (the "K" is for Kelly). Rumours have swirled that Hardy is a shoe-in for a role in the highly anticipated film.
What do you think of Kelly Marcel's approach to the Fifty Shades of Grey script? Are you confident she can deliver?