‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ movie finally hires screenwriter

The film will be scripted by Kelly Marcel, the British creator of 'Terra Nova'

The eagerly-anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey film finally has a screenwriter.

British author EL James (pictured below) sold the screen rights to her erotic novel back in March (2012), but the movie’s producers Michael DeLuca and Dana Brunetti have taken time assembling talent for the project.

However, the pair have now announced that British screenwriter Kelly Marcel has been hired to write the screenplay. Marcel is best known as the creator of US sci-fi series Terra Nova, but has also written Saving Mr Banks, an upcoming film based on Walt Disney’s 20-year pursuit of the film rights to Mary Poppins.

Explaining the decision to hire Marcel, DeLuca said in a statement: “Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humour and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr Banks.”

Meanwhile, Brunetti added: “We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelly’s engagement with the characters and world EL James has created and we knew she was the right person to augment our Fifty Shades family.”

American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis had expressed an interest in scripting Fifty Shades Of Grey, but revealed in August (2012) that he had been scrubbed from the shortlist.

Meanwhile, the movie continues to look for a director and potential cast members. EL James recently revealed that she has “seven actors in mind” to play lead characters Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.