It was announced earlier today by Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James, that Kelly Marcel would pen the feature adaptation for Universal and Focus Features. The erotic trilogy tracks the relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey. Known for its sexually explicit scenes of BDSM, Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-up novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Needless to say, this is a big win for Marcel. Hit the jump for more on the screenwriter and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Disney has picked up Kelly Marcel‘s Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks. The story centers on how Disney persuaded P.L. Travers sold the studio the rights to make Mary Poppins, and how Travers was dissatisfied with aspects of the film, especially since the story was deeply personal to her. Per Deadline, “Mary Poppins was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who died when she was 7.”
The movie became one of the biggest hits in Disney’s history, but Travers hated the animated sequences, and she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney (somehow, Disney managed to survive). Present-day Disney is already looking to make the film a star-studded affair, and according to Deadline, “There have been rumors of the script being considered by Tom Hanks (for Walt Disney) and Meryl Streep (for Travers). I don’t know if I can buy Hanks as an anti-Semite.