Kelly Marcel, screenwriter of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey, finally confesses heartache over the movie production during an interview on Bret Easton Ellis’ podcast.
She could not bring herself to watch the film version of the EL James book, even though she sweated over its script for a long time to produce the screenplay.
Marcel said that it was the book author, EL James, who took full charge of the story and dialogues. James would not approve of any alteration.
Marcel revealed sadly in the interview, “My heart really was broken by that process, I really mean it. I don’t say it out of any kind of bitterness or anger or anything like that. I just don’t feel like I can watch it without feeling some pain about how different it is to what I initially wrote.”
Marcel wanted a more artistic production of the film with less lines from the actors. But, James had a different opinion and the results have been far from Marcel’s envisaged end result.
“I didn’t want the story to be linear, I wanted it to begin at the end of the film and for us to meet in the middle, Marcel explained. “So, you start with the spanking and you have these sort of flashes that go throughout the film… I wanted to take the inner goddess out and all of Ana’s inner monologue… I wanted to remove a lot of the dialogue. I felt it could be a really sexy film if there wasn’t so much talking in it.”
But, for Marcel, everything turned out to be the opposite of her crazy, artistic vision and that was what broke her heart.
Fifty Shades of Grey, the book and the film, stirred up controversial responses from readers and movie-goers with some critics branding it as actually unromantic.