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Kelly Marcel to write screenplay for FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel would write the screenplay to the film adaptation of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features' CEO, James Schamus for the film that is being produced by Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, alongside E L James.

Previously Marcel penned the 2011 Black List script Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney's twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers' novel, Mary Poppins, and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. (The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios and will star Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell and will be directed by John Lee Hancock.) Marcel served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/FOX-TV series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series' pilot episode.  She will also produce The Madonnas Of Echo Park for HBO.

"Kelly's work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks," said De Luca.  "We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley'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," added Brunetti.

For the complete press release go here.

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