The saucy book, written by author E. L. James, recently became the fastest selling paperback of all time and earlier this year (12) it was announced bosses at Universal and Focus Features were planning to bring the tome to the big screen.
Now British star Marcel, who penned Tom Hanks' upcoming project about the production of Disney classic Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks, has been tapped to write the script.
The Social Network producer Michael De Luca, who will also work on the film, tells industry publication Variety, "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."
Casting for the romantic thriller, which follows the exploits of kinky lovers Anastasia Steele and billionaire businessman Christian Grey, has not yet been revealed, but fans of the book favour the likes of Harry Potter star Emma Watson and The Vampire Diaries hunk Ian Somerhalder for the leads.
While it might be more fitting for the movie adaptation of ebook-to-phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey to star complete unknowns, be shot on a Flip Cam, and randomly pop online before it actually hits theaters and makes a billion dollars, it appears the producers are taking normal steps to bring author' E.L. James' erotic drama to life. Oh well.
After meeting with several options, James' official Facebook page and Focus Features have both confirmed that a screenwriter has been hired to Rumpelstiltskin the former fan fiction into something worthy of Hollywood. 50 Shades producers Mike De Luca and Dana Brunetti have settled on Terra Nova creator Kelly Marcel to pen the feature script. Comments from the official press release are filled with appropriate innuendo: on Marcel, Brunetti says, “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 our Fifty Shades family."
Marcel's past work is sparse, and while Terra Nova wasn't a major success (or evidence that Marcel can whip up a steamy romance not involving velociraptors), her hot script for Saving Mr. Banks sold De Luca and Brunetii on her abilities. The in-production true story of Walt Disney's efforts to court Mrs. Poppins author P.L. Travers, which De Luca describes as having "flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character,"lured big name talent like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, and Oscar-winning director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side). If she brings half the effort to her work on Fifty Shades, the big screen S&M extravaganza could court the same kind of names.
It's evident from the fervor surrounding fantasy casting and leaked names pegged as producer "favorites" (which include the likes of Ryan Gosling, Emma Watson, Ian Somerhalder, and most recently, Mila Kunis) that the casting game for Fifty Shades of Grey is one of the biggest question marks in Hollywood at the moment, but with the announcement of a screenwriter, the mystery inches towards an answer. Just in case you want to come up with your own suggestions, take a look at our rendered sketches of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey.
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Adapting a wildly popular piece of literature must be the ultimate challenge for any screenwriter. Not only do they have to do justice to the original text while infusing their own take on it and meeting the demands of Hollywood standards, but they have to please the book's most ardent fans and the oft sky-high expectations of moviegoers all at once.
Whichever writer in Hollywood gets saddled (pun very much intended) with the task of bringing E.L. James' erotica fan fiction phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey to the big screen will have to face all those hurdles, with the added task of adapting a 372 book consisting mostly of graphic sex, a flurry of emails between the main characters, unintentionally hilarious inner monologues ("Holy cow! I’m on Google!"), seemingly endless discussions about being hungry/not hungry, and a built-in catchphrase. ("Laters, baby.")
With American Psycho scribe Bret Easton Ellis now sadly out of the running (the Red Room of Pain would have gotten seriously interesting with him on board), who will be up for the challenge of bringing the titillating, handsome, and downright overbearing (dude, she said she wasn't hungry, stop asking) Christian Grey and the naive, beautiful, exhaustingly indecisive Anastasia Steele off the page and onto the big screen?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (The Social Network, Moneyball) have four writers in contention for the job: Karen Croner, Dan Fogelman, Kelly Marcel, and Veena Sud. (Hollywood.com has reached out to reps for Croner, Fogelman, Marcel, and Sud for a statement regarding the report, but none could be immediately reached.)
Since every writer would bring something different to the table (watch out for the riding crop!) we dissect what their takes on Fifty Shades might be like.
Karen Croner: Croner's 1998 drama One True Thing dealt with some heavy family dynamics (cancer, infidelity) but Christian Grey comes with some serious familial baggage. Still, if Croner were to get One True Thing's mom (Meryl Streep) on board to play Christian's neglectful crack-whore mother in flashbacks, Fifty Shades would earn some serious gravitas. It will never happen, but still. Let's just imagine it!
Dan Fogelman: When you discover that 2011's seriously sexy Crazy, Stupid, Love. is on Fogelman's resume (so many women want Ryan Gosling to play mysterious billionaire Christian Grey, and his scenes in this rom-com are a major reason why), he seems like the obvious choice to pen Fifty Shades. Then you notice that he also wrote the screenplay to Tangled and both Cars movies and things get... uncomfortable. ("From the writer of Cars 2 comes an erotic journey into the world of BDSM"? Wuh?) Fogelman's Fifty Shades could be as erratic as Christian: enticing (especially if he works another shirtless Gosling into the mix), and downright frustrating (Cars 2 is arguably the worst Pixar feature).
Kelly Marcel: While the imaginative Marcel can't be blamed for Terra Nova's failure (that was the fault of those crappy dinosaurs), she does seem like the odd woman out to adapt Fifty Shades. Though, Christian does speak like he's from another century entirely, so she might not have to switch gears from Terra Nova after all.
Veena Sud: ...and speaking of failed television efforts, Sud was behind one of the most maligned series of the year, AMC's now-cancelled The Killing. Even worse, Fifty Shades would put Sud right back in rainy Seattle, where Christian and Ana reside. At least there would be no "Who Killed Rosie Larsen?"-like mystery shrouding the whole thing. Who had sex with Christian? Oh, right, Ana. A whole lot.
Who do you think would be the best screenwriter to tackle Fifty Shades of Grey? Share in the comments section below.
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Cotillard struck up a friendship with Nolan while working on his blockbuster Inception and he hired her again for the superhero movie to star as the love interest of Christian Bale's Bruce Wayne/Batman character.
The French actress fell pregnant with her first child in 2010, right around the time Nolan's cast and crew were due to begin filming, but the loyal moviemaker insists replacing the beauty was never an option.
Speaking to America's Vogue magazine about the publication's August (12) covergirl, Nolan reveals he pushed back the Oscar winner's shooting schedule and vowed to "figure it out" so she could remain attached to the project.
Once Cotillard gave birth to little Marcel in May, 2011, accommodating Nolan also made space for a small nursery on set so the new mum would be more comfortable with her son at work.
Nolan admits it was "amazing" to see the actress bounce back from her pregnancy to deliver a rousing performance and praises her as the ultimate "Superwoman".
Theatrics slapstick and cheer are cinematic qualities you rarely find outside the realm of animation. Disney perfected it with their pantheon of cartoon classics mixing music humor spectacle and light-hearted drama that swept up children while still capturing the imaginations and hearts of their parents. But these days even reinterpretations of fairy tales get the gritty make-over leaving little room for silliness and unfiltered glee. Emerging through that dark cloud is Mirror Mirror a film that achieves every bit of imagination crafted by its two-dimensional predecessors and then some. Under the eye of master visualist Tarsem Singh (The Fall Immortals) Mirror Mirror's heightened realism imbues it with the power to pull off anything — and the movie never skimps on the anything.
Like its animated counterparts Mirror Mirror stays faithful to its source material but twists it just enough to feel unique. When Snow White (Lily Collins) was a little girl her father the King ventured into a nearby dark forest to do battle with an evil creature and was never seen or heard from again. The kingdom was inherited by The Queen (Julia Roberts) Snow's evil stepmother and the fair-skinned beauty lived locked up in the castle until her 18th birthday. Grown up and tired of her wicked parental substitute White sneaks out of the castle to the village for the first time. There she witnesses the economic horrors The Queen has imposed upon the people of her land all to fuel her expensive beautification. Along the way Snow also meets Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who is suffering from his own money troubles — mainly being robbed by a band of stilt-wearing dwarves. When the Queen catches wind of the secret excursion she casts Snow out of the castle to be murdered by her assistant Brighton (Nathan Lane).
Fairy tales take flack for rejecting the idea of women being capable but even with its flighty presentation and dedication to the old school Disney method Mirror Mirror empowers its Snow White in a genuine way thanks to Collins' snappy charming performance. After being set free by Brighton Snow crosses paths with the thieving dwarves and quickly takes a role on their pilfering team (which she helps turn in to a Robin Hooding business). Tarsem wisely mines a spectrum of personalities out of the seven dwarves instead of simply playing them for one note comedy. Sure there's plenty of slapstick and pun humor (purposefully and wonderfully corny) but each member of the septet stands out as a warm compassionate companion to Snow even in the fantasy world.
Mirror Mirror is richly designed and executed in true Tarsem-fashion with breathtaking costumes (everything from ball gowns to the dwarf expando-stilts to ridiculous pirate ship hats with working canons) whimsical sets and a pitch-perfect score by Disney-mainstay Alan Menken. The world is a storybook and even its monsters look like illustrations rather than photo-real creations. But what makes it all click is the actors. Collins holds her own against the legendary Julia Roberts who relishes in the fun she's having playing someone despicable. She delivers every word with playful bite and her rapport with Lane is off-the-wall fun. Armie Hammer riffs on his own Prince Charming physique as Alcott. The only real misgiving of the film is the undercooked relationship between him and Snow. We know they'll get together but the journey's half the fun and Mirror Mirror serves that portion undercooked.
Children will swoon for Mirror Mirror but there's plenty here for adults — dialogue peppered with sharp wisecracks and a visual style ripped from an elegant tapestry. The movie wears its heart on its sleeve and rarely do we get a picture where both the heart and the sleeve feel truly magical.
"I really didn't think it would ever get made because I thought it was just too expensive. I just thought it would be a sweet little thing that I would give to my dad and that would be the last anyone ever heard of it." Terra Nova creator Kelly Marcel was convinced her TV idea would never make it to the small screen. The science fiction drama, which debuted on Monday (26Sep11) in America, was picked up by Steven Spielberg and has an average episode budget of around $4 million (£2.5 million).
The Inception star and her French actor/director partner Guillaume Canet welcomed little Marcel in Paris in May (11), and she has now been snapped with the tot, tenderly carrying him through LAX airport on Tuesday (06Sep11).
Cotillard was seen beaming with joy as she cradled the three month old as she walked through the terminal to catch a flight.
The moviemaker died at the Saint-Antoine hospital in Paris, France following complications from a pulmonary infection.
Famed for adapting novels for the big and small screen, he worked on Marcel Proust's Time Regained, Shakespeare's Richard III and Dante's Inferno in a 1991 TV series.
He also was behind several English language movies, such as Klimt, which starred John Malkovich, and A Closed Book, with Daryl Hannah and Tom Conti.
Producer pal Francois Margolin says, "He was one of our greatest living filmmakers, who left considerable work and will remain a reference in the history of cinema."
After fleeing Chile in the 1960s, Ruiz settled in France and made close to 100 films. He will be buried in his homeland.
Marion Cotillard and her partner, French director Guillaume Canet, welcomed a baby boy in Paris last night (doesn't that just sound so romantic? Although, I'm pretty sure "My cable is out in Paris" sounds decent too ). They named the boy Marcel, and a source confirmed to People that "Mother and baby are fine," and added that Cotillard is "very happy." We've seen very little of Cotillard since she confirmed her pregnancy in January, and I suspect we won't be seeing much of her now because she's probably going to spend the time she has left before she starts filming The Dark Knight Rises trying to lose her baby weight. Perhaps Tom Hardy is interested?