Earlier this year we reported a rumor that a screenwriter had been hired to write the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. Well, either that rumor was false, or that writer has been scrapped, because Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced today that writer Kelly Marcel has been hired to pen the movie.
Marcel is best known for creating and writing for the TV show Terra Nova. Her screenplay Saving Mr. Banks is currently in production with Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Ruth Wilson (who is rumored to be in consideration for the role of Ms. Marvel in The Avengers 2).
A director and cast still have yet to be chosen, except for the recent casting of Carla Gugino as Mrs. Robinson. The biggest question is still who will play Christian and Anastasia. Ryan Gosling is the latest actor to be rumored for the highly-anticipated role.
The novel that has captured everybody's attention for the past year is being fast-tracked for adaptation. There is not yet any production or release schedule.