The screenwriter for the 50 Shades of Grey movie has been chosen. Earlier this week, Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced that Kelly Marcel, writer of of Terra Nova, will take on the task of turning the book into a film. However, as noted by MTV News, there are five challenges that Marcel will face. Can she work around them and make the movie as erotic and as big of a hit as E.L. James did with the novel?
The first, and likely the hardest, of the challenges that the screenwriter faces is toning down the hot, dirty sexy. (Sorry, ladies. The movie does need to meet an R-rating.) While many books have a little sexy time thrown in for the thrill, it’s a major part of the 50 Shades storyline. If Marcel follows the book too closely, she’ll end up creating a straight-up porno. Can she make it work for the big screen?
Another challenge is that there isn’t much of a plot to the movieÂ—it’s sex, sex, and more sex. MTV pointed out that the screenwriter will need to “craft a meaty narrative,” and that kind, by the way, has nothing to do with Christian’s man meat.
Challenge number with a 50 Shades of Grey movie is playing out the email exchanges without it being a total snoozer. Anastasia and Christian’s online messages take up quite a few pages of the book. But will movie goers want to sit through it all? If Kelly Marcel turns it into a narrative and doesn’t just show both characters just typing away on their computer screens, it could be entertaining for audiences.
The next challenge is crafting the man of the hour, Christian Grey. He’s sexy, he’s mysterious, he’s persistent, he’s damagedÂ—and women love/want him. But can the man in the movie live up to the man in the book? With some great writing and equally great casting (Alex Skarsgard, Matt Bomer, or Ian Somerhalder, perhaps?), the screenwriter can definitely do just that.
The final challenge that MTV News pointed out is the audience. Can porn for women appeal to men as well? Or does it matter? Wouldn’t the film make plenty of money with just a female audience? Also, let’s not forget that some ladies will drag their men to the movie anyways.
Does the screenwriter have her work cut out for her? Can the 50 Shades of Grey movie be as good as the book?