When it was announced that the hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey was being adapted for the big screen, there were a number of top writers linked to penning the screenplay for the film. The job eventually fell to Kelly Marcel, who has now opened up about writing the Fifty Shades of Grey screenplay and working with author E.L. James.
Marcel told Collider, "It was terrifying for Erika to hand that book over. That is her child. Christian and Ana are her babies. It’s exciting and great. She compares herself to P.L. Travers, all the time. She’s like, 'I’m P.L. Travers!' But, I get it. It does give you a whole new sympathy for the people who create these things."
She added, "It was really interesting to do 50 Shades after Saving Mr. Banks, having just done a story about an author who has to hand their book over. I think Erika and I got on because of that. I had just spent a year in the head of a woman who had that struggle, so I really understood that struggle. I think that made us firm friends. She’s great! She’s a great lady. And she’s not like P.L. Travers."
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie is being directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and will see Jamie Dornan in the role of Christian Grey, with Dakota Johnson playing Anastasia Steele. Fifty Shades of Grey will hit the big screen on February 13, 2015 in both the US and the UK.