Fifty Shades of Grey film calls in Wolverine writer to “polish” script

The EL James adaptation faces another rejig as Mark Bomback is drafted in to improve Kelly Marcel's script

The Fifty Shades of Grey film is having some ups and downs…


First Charlie Hunnam, the producer’s original choice for Christian Grey, bailed on the film just weeks after he was cast. Then the Fifty Shades team rushed to re-cast another leading man, quickly securing The Fall’s Jamie Dornan to play the S&M-loving millionaire. But yesterday it was confirmed that the reshuffle had cost them precious time and filming, which was set to begin in earnest at the start of November, has now had to be pushed back to early December.

Now the saucy EL James adaptation is facing yet another rejig.

Screenwriter Mark Bomback has been pulled into the project to “polish” Kelly Marcel’s script, according to The Wrap.

With films like Wolverine, Live Free or Die Hard and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes under his belt, Bomback is more used to another type of action than the bedroom kind… But perhaps he’ll be able to inject some pace and suspense into the fairly sparse plot of the Fifty Shades story. 

The film was poised for an August 2014 release, but with time running out to get it to set, it remains to be seen whether the steamy adaptation will make that deadline.

Based on the internationally bestselling novels by EL James, the movie will follow the x-rated bedroom exploits of Christian Grey and innocent college graduate Anastatia Steele. Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the movie, which stars Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Luke Grimes and Jennifer Ehle.