The Fifty Shades of Grey movie's screenwriter, Kelly Marcel, is back in the news, and you would HOPE/think the reason would be that she's officially done writing her adaptation of E.L. James' book. But noooo. Instead, she's making headlines for her next project, which will likely be rewriting The Little Mermaid for director Joe Wright. Yep, same Joe Wright behind Pride & Prejudice who was rumored (for a nanosecond, basically) to be up for the Fifty Shades directing gig.
You might think, eh -- she was bound to get another job lined up eventually. What's the big deal? Well, for Fifty Shades fans, Marcel's next gig feels like, at the least, annoying news. At the worst, it's actually a worrisome sign.
Think about it: Marcel was chosen, apparently, for her keen characterization skills, evidenced by the script she wrote for the upcoming family flick, Saving Mr. Banks, which is about the early '60s Disney production of Mary Poppins. Now, her next job will be yet another Disneylicious fairy tale. But in between, she was commissioned to write Fifty Shades of Grey?! Everybody now, "One of these things is not like the other ..."
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But okay, maybe we're jumping to conclusions on what kind of script she's been hired to write for The Little Mermaid. It could be an adult take on the Hans Christian Andersen classic, which was originally really depressing. But ehhh, with Hollywood so often training their eye on the "princess market" prize, I'm thinking that direction's doubtful.
Regardless, The Little Mermaid may be romantic but it's anything but sexy. So far, all we're seeing is that she's known/being hired for some pretty vanilla, family fare. All I'm sayin' is that for Fifty Shades fans looking forward to steamy scenes galore, it's a bit troubling. But hopefully, Marcel proves herself to be versatile writer, capable of heartwarming work when necessary and bringing the heat when it's called for.
Are you concerned the film will end up being watered down in the steamy sex department?