Veteran screenwriter Mark Bomback has come on to polish the script for “Fifty Shades of Grey,” TheWrap has learned.
Universal and Focus are mounting the adaptation of E L James’ bestselling novel, which Kelly Marcel (“Saving Mr. Banks”) originally adapted for the big screen with an assist by Patrick Marber (“Closer”).
Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan star in the erotic drama, which Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing and Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are producing.
Bomback is one of Universal’s go-to script doctors who has hand a hand in writing the studio’s upcoming “Dracula” reboot and recent installments of its blockbuster “Fast & Furious” franchise.
“Fifty Shades” is considered a departure for Bomback, who is best known for writing action movies such as “Unstoppable,” “The Wolverine,” “Total Recall,” “Live Free or Die Hard” and Fox’s upcoming sequel “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” He was also the sole writer credited on the kinky 2008 sex club thriller “Deception,” which found Michelle Williams caught between Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor.
The filmmakers of “Fifty Shades” recently decided to push the start of production from mid-November to Dec. 2, though the film remains on track to heat up theaters on Aug. 1, 2014.
Bomback is represented by WME, Anonymous Content and attorney David Colden.