Universal and Focus are reportedly considering four screenwriters to bring the much buzzed about book 50 Shades of Grey to the big screen and three of them are women. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are now a step closer to filling that assignment after meeting to explore a quartet of writers: Karen Croner, Dan Fogelman, Veena Sud and Kelly Marcel.
Author Bret Easton Ellis put himself in the running for the film’s script but was taken off the short list. After hearing news of his rejection he sent out a message on Twitter that said: “It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for 50 Shades of Grey.”
Here is a little bit of information about each of the three female contenders and the man going up against all of them:
Sud is an executive producer and writer for the much lauded AMC series, The Killing. he series earned her an Emmy nomination and a Writers Guild of America award nomination. Her previous television work includes the dramatic series Cold Case, where she was a writer and executive producer. She is already working on a script for redo of Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion.
Croner has written such screenplays as One True Thing (also a film adaptation of a beloved book) and Girl Soldier. She is in business with Universal/Focus on another adaptation: the Tina Fey-Paul Rudd starrer Admission, which is based on Jean Hanff Korelitz’s 2009 novel.
Marcel was a writer for the canceled series, Terra Nova, and cowrote the screenplay for the Tom Hanks-Emma Thompson film Saving Mr. Banks, which is about the making of Mary Poppins.
This guy seems more family fun thank kinky sex as he has written Tangled, Cars 2, Fred Clause and Crazy, Stupid, Love, but you never know.
Fogelman has done the most but Croner has had a lot of experience too. Marcel and Sud may be a little on the green side but how hard will it be to adapt one of the most read books in America and turn into a script that is appealing to millions of people that expect it to be mediocre? Easy!
According to THR, Universal and Focus nabbed rights to the mega-selling Fifty Shades trilogy for $5 million in March after a heated Hollywood bidding war but have taken their time in setting a writer. The books, about a torrid love affair between a college student and a twentysomething billionaire, have sold about 40 million e-book and print copies worldwide to date.