Kelly Marcel to write screenplay for adaptation of ‘Fifty Shads of Grey’

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Oct 8th, 2012

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, October 8, 2012—Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote 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 starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing. 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.

Universal Pictures and Focus Features acquired the rights to the three books in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” Trilogy in March of this year. Focus Features will market and distribute the first film in partnership with Universal. “Fifty Shades of Grey” has become a global phenomenon and the trilogy has been translated in 45 languages worldwide since its release. In the U.S. alone, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has sold over 32 million copies in e-book and print making it one of the fastest selling book series ever.

“Fifty Shades of Grey” follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. Subsequent novels in the series, “Fifty Shades Darker” (September 2011) and “Fifty Shades Freed” (January 2012) explore the couple’s deepening relationship.

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Robsherdolan
Robsherdolan

I love james bond, all the action and laughs!!!

Wt Walters52
Wt Walters52

Spy kids because it the first spy movie I ever saw.lol.

John K
John K

would have to agree with many others _ Three Days Of The Condor.

Harkin4
Harkin4

My favorite spy thriller are the Bourne trilogys. They are very exciting and action packed. They left me on the edge of my seat and there were three of them to enjoy...so triple the suspense!

hminnesota
hminnesota

Mine is "Spy game" Robert Redford and Brad Pitt. I love them both and I can watch that any time.

Dena
Dena

Mission Impossible becuse i love tom i try to get all of his movies

Bing
Bing

My favorite is Mission Impossible because it's action packed and thrilling, keeping me on the edge of my seat throughout the movie.

Joe M.
Joe M.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) It is my favorite spy spy thriller because it has the action, suspense ,intelligence.    

Libraryranger
Libraryranger

I love North by Northwest.  It's gripping and edge-of-your-seat viewing!

Abel
Abel

2002 The Bourne Identity great spy vs spy action.

Donna W.
Donna W.

My favorite spy movie is The Russia House starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. My fondness for spy novels started as a young girl with Nancy Drew Books. Then I grew up into a strong James Bond fan with Sean Connery being my favorite Bond.  His acting in The Russia House was supberb and the story line was interesting and not predictable, even though a little hard to follow, which kept me paying close attention the entire 2 hours.  And it had some romance thrown in and a happy ending.  Entertainment value - priceless!

Dan
Dan

My favorites are Casino Royale(with Daniel Craig) and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Kelly Krie
Kelly Krie

 John Grisham's The Broker.  By the end I  loved this guy.

Jj chapon
Jj chapon

For me its "Three Days Of The Condor". To see how spies turn on each other to protect agendas.

Kathryn C
Kathryn C

My favorite spy thriller is the made-for-tv movie *Sword of Gideon* which is based on Israel's counteractions against the terrorists responsible for the  tragedy at the 1972 Olympic games in Munich.  It is an edge-of-your seat film which takes me on a heart-stopping cat & mouse chase through several cities in Europe.  I love the camaraderie between the team members assigned to this task of avenging Israel. Great cast of actors!  Not to be missed- You may have seen the remake  *Munich* but in my opinion, it is not as good as the original Sword of Gideon  

Mike S
Mike S

My favorite spy thriller is Mr. and Mrs. Smith because it combines humor with spy tactics in a wonderfully produced action packed movie.  Brad and Angelina make a great pair on screen.

Donna L
Donna L

I like the movie "  Inception ".

Socialjag
Socialjag

Salt is my favorite spy thriller

Hugh Partridge
Hugh Partridge

I read Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy 30 years ago and it has remained one of my favorite spy thrillers.  I love the amount of detail with which John  Le Carre wrote.  I've never been a spy, so I'm only guessing, but I feel it was more realistic than many other works in the genre. I don't think people involved in the world of espionage would go around blowing things up and shooting at each other all the time.

shanaprize
shanaprize

i like the bond movies b/c they're action-packed

Hayley
Hayley

My favorite spy movie would have to be Alfred Hitchock's 'Notorious." Ingrid Bergman is perfect in her role as a reluctant spy. This movie has a little bit of everything- thrills, romance, drama, humor. The chemistry between Bergman and Cary Grant is electric. Claude Rains plays his part well as usual, and the sweeping camera angles and music just add to the overall feel. I could watch this one over and over.

Steven Wenzel
Steven Wenzel

I really liked No Way Out with Kevin Costner and Gene Hackman because of the twists.

Asher Grossman
Asher Grossman

"Mission: Impossible" is my favorite spy thriller of all time. It was back when Tom Cruise was awesome instead of crazy, and the plot is just so insane and intricate you really felt like you were in the mix with everyone else. I think spy thrillers should be confusing and that one takes the cake!

Kelly Nicholson
Kelly Nicholson

"Three days of the condor" because that movie was well ahead of its time,and I hear it's being remade... im a facebook fan

Kathleen Downes
Kathleen Downes

My favorite spy thriller is North by Northwest. Alfred Hitchcock was a master at suspense and this was one of his best films. Cary Grant is mistaken by enemy spies as a US undercover agent and is chased across the US. My favorite scene is on top of Mount Rushmore. It's so suspenseful and just a classic movie.

Frank Pierce
Frank Pierce

My favorite spy thriller has always been From Russia With Love. It's the best of the Bond series by far. The setting in Turkey, the Orient Express, the back-stabbing, this movie just has it ALL! Also it reminds me of my childhood. I used to watch this movie about once a month with my dad. It was his all time favorite movie.

Ronald Oliver
Ronald Oliver

Thanks for the opportunity to be able to participate in the 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' prize pack contest! I have submitted my entry on your Facebook wall, under the contest post. Again, thanks!

Barbara Davis
Barbara Davis

I actually have 2 favorite spy thrillers: "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"-another John Le Carre novel- made into a very chilling film; Richard Burton stars in this lean, intimate, raw, edgy "double-agent"-double-cross story, stunning black and white cinematography captures the mood of the Cold War, full of intrigue, intimacy, and great characters. You never know what will happen next. The "nothing-is-as it-seems"-essence of a great spy novel is     captured superbly in this Le Carre novel   2) "Eye of the Needle"- a page turner WWII spy story pitting an unhappily married British couple against a seasoned Nazi spy who washes ashore near their remote cottage on the coast. A love triangle magnifies the intensity of this thrilling deception when the wife begins an affair with the cunning and manipulating spy in her own home. Gripping in revelations and cliff-hanging turns of near-detection, the amazing climax brings a balance of action and emotion. The film starred Donald Sutherland-- one of his best.   Barbara Davis, Zephyr Productions ZephyrFilms@aol.com

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