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'Fifty Shades' Screenwriter Calls Movie 'Too Painful to Watch'

'Fifty Shades' Screenwriter Calls Movie 'Too Painful to Watch'

Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel just shared a big revelation about herself!

During a recent podcast interview with Bret Easton Ellis, the 41-year-old screenwriter also opened up about being unhappy with the final film and her poor relationship with the book’s author E. L. James

“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 kind of 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 added, “My heart really was broken by that process, I really mean it. I don’t see 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.” Listen below!

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  • Zadie Summer-Day

    Interesting interview. Although Bret Easton Ellis got on my nerves a bit during, I enjoyed their insight/views on screenwriting, movies/the business. I’m really curious how Kelly Marcel’s vision of 50 Shades would have turned out. I haven’t fully read the books, I attempted, and keep trying but just can’t really get into them. I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t perfect, but there was something about it that pulled me in. But the dialog at times drove me crazy. I guess the fans and writer were considerations, but I really wish the story could have been gone over and humanized a lot more. Even if it just consisted of the dialog.

  • Arrow 12

    Honestly I thought the movie stunk. Loved the books. They strayed away from the books to much. I know you can’t make the movie exactly like the books but it was just so bad. I hope they learn and the next movies will be better. Even though the movie made a lot of money that first weekend, it would have made so much more if it had a better screenplay.

  • Missy N

    It was very painful to watch for me too…

  • Utope

    I get her pain, because it was painful to watch. Absolutely terrible, no passion, no chemistry, barely a storyline. I definitely will not watch part two and three.

  • Tigerlilly

    I bet that’s the true reason why Charlie Hunnam dropped out from this project. In the beginning he was so thrilled about all and than he met with EL James and rest is history. It seems nobody can work with this woman :/

    Would really like to see this other version!!! Damn.

  • Dee

    Im glad to finally know the *real* reason CH dropped out! Scheduling conflict was succhh a cop out reason.