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'50 Shades of Grey' Screenwriter Kelly Marcel to Rewrite Joe Wright's 'Little Mermaid'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 12, 2013 at 4:14PM

From S&M to... mermaids? Screenwriter Kelly Marcel, who has been working on adapting E.L James' mega-bestseller "50 Shades of Grey" for the big screen, has another project in the works. Per Deadline, Marcel is in talks to rewrite Joe Wright's "The Little Mermaid."
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Kelly Marcel
Kelly Marcel

From S&M to... mermaids? Brit screenwriter Kelly Marcel ("Terra Nova"), who has been working on adapting E.L James' mega-bestseller "50 Shades of Grey" for the big screen, has another project in the works. Per Deadline, Marcel is in talks to rewrite Joe Wright's "The Little Mermaid."

Marcel steps into the project after many have already worked on the long-in-the-works Working Title adaptation, including Abi Morgan ("Shame"). 

In the more immediate pipeline for Marcel is Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," an Oscar-season entry set for December 20 starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers; the film centers on their courtship. Early awards buzz is strong on this one.

This article is related to: News, Joe Wright, 50 Shades of Grey


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.