Two weeks after Universal Pictures hired screenwriter Patrick Marber (Closer) to polish the Fifty Shades of Grey script, the studio has brought on Mark Bomback to put the finishing touches on this anticipated adaptation.
Kelly Marcel wrote the original draft, based on the popular E.L. James novel, which follows the torrid affair between young billionaire Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and college student Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson). Jennifer Ehle also stars as Anastasia's mother, with Luke Grimes signing on last week to play Christian's brother Elliot.
Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing, with Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca producing. We reported last month that production will start this November in Vancouver, although shooting was recently pushed into either mid-November or early December. Universal is still planning on releasing the drama on August 1, 2014, despite the brief production delay.
Mark Bomback most recently wrote The Wolverine and the upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. His previous credits include Total Recall, Unstoppable, Race to Witch Mountain and Live Free or Die Hard.