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Fifty shades of sour grapes in screenplay squabble

Adam Sherwin London

Published 10/10/2012 | 05:00

If the film of 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' proves as heated as the battle over who gets to write the adaptation, then a box-office bonanza is assured. The American novelist Brett Easton Ellis has lashed out after producers rejected his bid to bring EL James's (pictured) bestseller to the screen in favour of a little-known British writer.

EL James, author of the erotic literary phenomenon which has sold 40 million copies worldwide, said she was "thrilled" after Universal Pictures announced that Kelly Marcel, a former actress in 'The Bill' and 'Casualty', would be the screenwriter on the film.

Marcel, best-known for penning 'Terra Nova', a US television science-fiction series which was cancelled after one series, emerged triumphant after a three-month selection process.

Ms James tweeted that she was "thrilled to announce" Ms Marcel's role.

However, Mr Easton Ellis, the 'American Psycho' author who lobbied for the job and proposed his own casting ideas, was furious. He mocked Marcel's biography, which includes 'Saving Mr Banks', a forthcoming film starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson about Disney's pursuit of the rights to film 'Mary Poppins'.

Mr Easton Ellis tweeted: "Kelly Marcel: the creator of (gulp) 'Terra Nova' and a 'Mary Poppins' biopic has been blessed by EL James and no one can stop her. Dear God."

The 'Fifty Shades' producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, defended their choice. "Kelly's work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humour and depth of character, which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming 'Saving Mr Banks'," said Mr De Luca. (© Independent News Service)

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