When thinking about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey movie, our thoughts have almost exclusively been on who will tackle the big roles. But right now, the team at Universal seems to be more concerned with finding a screenwriter who can perfectly adapt E.L. James’s steamy sex scenes to the big screen (perhaps without getting slapped with a NC-17 rating!)
While the final decision hasn’t been made just yet, the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, have narrowed their list of possible screenwriters down to four: Dan Fogelman, Veena Sud, Karen Croner, and Kelly Marcel.
Here’s a rundown of how you might know each screenwriter:
Dan Fogelman: Perhaps the most well known of the group, Dan has achieved success with last year’s Crazy, Stupid, Love. and popular kids’ films, Cars, Cars 2, Tangled, and Bolt.
Veena Sud: Veena is best known for penning the script to AMC’s The Killing, adapted from a Danish series called The Crime. She’s also been slotted to a develop a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion, which should give her plenty of experience in dark and twisted subject matter.
Karen Croner: Karen, on the other hand, seems to know a thing or two about drama and relationships. In 1998, the screenwriter adapted Anna Quindlen’s novel about a cancer-stricken mother, One True Thing. She is also set to adapt the Jean Hanff Korelitz novel Admission, which will star Tina Fey and Paul Rudd.
Kelly Marcel: You might know Kelly from her work on Fox’s short-lived series, Terra Nova. The screenwriter also penned Saving Mr. Banks which stars Tom Hanks and will go into production next month.
Notably absent from the list is Bret Easton Ellis, who has made his desire to pen the film’s script (and his subsequent disappoint at not being chosen) all-too-clear on Twitter.
“It’s a very major disappointment to announce that I’ve somehow been taken off the list of possible screenwriters for Fifty Shades of Grey...” he tweeted on Monday. “Thanks to the fans for the months of intense support.”
Source: Business Insider, The Hollywood Reporter, Twitter