In a surprising admission, “Fifty Shades of Grey” screenwriter Kelly Marcel has revealed that she has yet to see the erotic thriller in its completed form.
Appearing on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast this week (via Vulture), Marvel revealed that she still hasn’t seen the movie that she wrote and has no real desire to do so due to the issues with the script.
“I very much wanted to do something different with the screenplay, and when I spoke to the studio and the producers and made that quite clear, they were very enthusiastic about that and loved the things I wanted to do.
When I delivered that script was when I realized that all of them saying, ‘Yeah, absolutely this is what we want!,’ and, ‘You can write anything you like and get crazy and artistic with it’ – that was utter, utter bulls–t.
She [E.L. James] was like, ‘This isn’t what I want it to be, and I don’t think this is the film the fans are looking for’. In the end, I think we ended up with a draft that was a halfway compromise, but she had still been very brave about what she had let go… My heart really was broken by that process, I really mean it.”
Niall Leonard, author E.L. James’ husband, has been tapped to pen the screenplay for the upcoming sequel “Fifty Shades Darker”. The first film has garnered around $500 million worldwide despite terrible reviews.
You can hear the full interview in the player below.