Interview: Kelly Marcel

Reprising my Dec. 2013 interview with Saving Mr. Banks screenwriter.

Kelly Marcel is the screenwriter of Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey. Other projects she has in development include Reunion, Mr. Chartwell, and Cruella.

Kelly Marcel

Here are links to the six installments of the entire interview:

Part 1: “Working in that video store was my education. Nothing is going to teach you structure like watching endless movies and TV shows. Seeing what’s good and why it’s good. Seeing what doesn’t work and figuring out why it doesn’t.”

Part 2: “I loved the idea that this sweet film, this huge part of all of our childhoods, was born out of terrible tragedy. I was taken with the idea of redemption and the effect that our parents can have on us all the way into adulthood.”

Part 3: “I loved it, I wanted to write it, and that was that. It was only afterwards that I thought: ‘Oh fuckitty shitballs! This ain’t EVER getting made.’”

Part 4: “It cannot be said enough that no matter how good anyone thinks a script is, if you don’t have the right director -­- a person who will love it and own it as much as you have up to this point -­- then you are completely screwed.”

Part 5: “I wrote everything I wanted to say, it ran to 17 pages or more and then I cut it down and then I threw it all away and then I started again.”

Part 6: “I’m personally a big fan of knowing what your theme is before starting. I think they can arise as you tell the story, but writing within and for a theme seems to me to help the process along.”

Kelly is repped by WME.

Twitter: @MissMarcel.

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Inside THR’s Most Powerful People in NY Media Bash With Megyn Kelly, Paul Feig, Anna Wintour and More (Photos)


Savannah Guthrie, Don Lemon, Charlie Rose, Julia Stiles and Arianna Huffington are among those who turned out to celebrate THR’s seventh annual list of the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media at The Pool in New York, sponsored by American Airlines and One West End.
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Inside THR’s Most Powerful People in NY Media Bash With Megyn Kelly, Paul Feig, Anna Wintour and More (Photos)


Savannah Guthrie, Don Lemon, Charlie Rose, Julia Stiles and Arianna Huffington are among those who turned out to celebrate THR’s seventh annual list of the 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media at The Pool in New York.
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An Oral History of ‘Donnie Darko’: Richard Kelly on the Film’s Initial Failure and Ascension to Cult Classic

With the development hell and massive box office flop of ‘Donnie Darko,’ director Richard Kelly learned that ‘any film is going to ultimately be judged in eternity.’

Do you believe in time travel?

I remember two things from the year 2001: the moment Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center (after which I got a stress-induced nosebleed), and the moment, just months later, that I discovered Donnie Darko. I was 11 years old. Both events cracked my mind wide open. The former showed me the end of the world, as wrought by the human hand; the latter showed me the end of the world, as conjured by the human imagination.

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Kelly Macdonald Joins The Child in Time with Benedict Cumberbatch

Kelly Macdonald Joins The Child in Time with Benedict Cumberbatch

Kelly Macdonald joins Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC drama The Child in Time

The BBC has released a first-look photo of Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into DarknessDoctor Strange) in the upcoming drama The Child in Time. Three new cast members have also joined, according to Variety. Kelly Macdonald (Boardwalk EmpireBrave) will play “the estranged wife of Cumberbatch’s children’s author Stephen Lewis, who struggles to find purpose in life following the disappearance of his daughter two years earlier.” Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank JobSeason of the Witch) and Saskia Reeves (AnnaA Christmas Carol) will play Lewis’ best friends.

The 90-minute, one-off TV movie is based on Ian McEwan‘s award-winning 1987 novel and will be directed by Julian Farino. It’s the first production of Cumberbatch’s SunnyMarch TV. The novel was adapted by Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom) and is produced by SunnyMarch TV and Pinewood Television for BBC One and co-produced by PBS’ Masterpiece.

Here is the official description for the novel The Child in Time: “The Child in Time shows us just how quickly life can change in an instant. Stephen Lewis is a successful author of children’s books. It is a routine Saturday morning and while on a trip to the supermarket, Stephen gets distracted. Within moments, his daughter is kidnapped and his life is forever changed.

From that moment, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche, and with time itself: ‘It was a wonder there could be so much movement, so much purpose, all the time. He himself had none.’”

What do you guys think of the casting for The Child in Time? Are you interested in watching? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @ComingSoonnet.

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‘Donnie Darko’ Director Richard Kelly Wants to Make a “Bigger and More Ambitious” Sequel

Donnie Darko sequel

I know what some of you are thinking, didn’t a Donnie Darko sequel already happen? Yes, it did. It was called S. Darko, and Donnie Darko writer-director Richard Kelly and Darko Entertainment publicly denounced it . Kelly had no control over the rights of the original film, so the sequel moved forward without his approval. The director and his producing partners didn’t even profit from the straight-to-DVD cash grab. Kelly is now interested in a real Donnie Darko sequel, or some “big and expensive” movie set in the Darkoverse, if you will.

Below, read the director’s thoughts on a Donnie Darko sequel.

To celebrate the recent 15th anniversary of Donnie Darko, a new restoration of the cult film starring Jake Gyllenhaal is coming to Blu-ray. While discussing the proper restoration with HMV, Kelly talked about the idea of a sequel to his cult sci-fi movie:

I think there’s something much bigger and more ambitious to do in that universe. It’s big and expensive and I think there’s time to get to that. I want to make sure we’ve got the budget to do it justice and not to compromise anything. Another story in this world needs resources and we need to have that in place.

After S. Darko was released, Bloody-Disgusting ran a rumor claiming Kelly was maybe a part of another Donnie Darko sequel. That story was never confirmed or denied. But making another Darko film, one that sounds more expensive than the original four million dollar indie, has clearly been on Kelly’s mind.

It’s been over seven years since a Richard Kelly film has hit theaters. His last movie, The Box, is an entertaining, stylish and extremely ambitious studio film that divided audiences and underperformed at the box office. In the years since that Richard Matheson adaptation came out, Kelly has worked on “a lot of different projects,” and he plans on directing one of them this year:

I’ve been working on a lot of different projects. The trouble is they’re all very ambitious and expensive so they take a lot of time to get in place. We’re being very careful to set things up properly, but I’m planning to make up for lost time and make several movies back to back. It’s nice to be able to bring people back to where we started, but I plan to be back behind a camera in 2017.

We’ve heard about a few of Kelly’s projects over the years. The director was going to collaborate with Nicolas Cage on Amicus, a wild true life story about a bizarre and compelling lawsuit. In 2012, Edgar Ramirez signed on to star in Kelly’s Corpus Christi. The Robert Rodriguez-produced drama was described as a more grounded film compared to Kelly’s other works. We have no idea if the movie he wants to make next is one of those projects or another film set in a futuristic Manhattan, but hopefully, we’ll know soon enough.

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1st Person: Kelly Fremon Craig

The writer-director of “The Edge of Seventeen” talks creative process.

Kelly Fremon Craig (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The Edge of Seventeen is a wonderful teen comedy written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig. If you didn’t catch it in movie theaters, check it out once it hits VOD. Definitely worth a watch.

In this Los Angeles Times first person article, Craig discusses a key fork-in-the-road in her creative process in writing the script for the movie:

There are only two drafts of “The Edge of Seventeen,” but the second one is so wildly different from the first you’d have a hard time believing they’re even the same project.

My first draft was slick, heightened, ironic, each scene squeezed for every last joke I could wring out of it. I was proud of that script, and I was proud of those jokes. I was even prouder when we sent it to my comedy idol, Jim Brooks, and he agreed to produce it and let me direct.

I had no idea that when we sat down for one of our first meetings, he would give me a piece of advice that would so radically, permanently change my perspective as a writer I’d want to chuck everything I’d ever written into the ocean and start over from scratch.

Here’s what he said to me:

“The most important thing you have to figure out is what you want to say about life in this story.”

It was simple and maybe even obvious, but it rearranged my entire universe.

Another way of asking a similar question is this: What do you want the audience to feel when they walk out of the theater?

Craig reflects on how she spent weeks writing “long, rambling stream-of-consciousness journals” as she dug into her story:

It’s not about laughs, Kelly. Write what matters to you, write what gnaws at you at night, write what you’re scared of, write what hurts.

Check out these clips from the movie and you’ll see where Craig ended up:

Takeaway: What do YOU want that story you’re writing to say about life? What do YOU want an audience to feel when they see your movie?

Good questions to ask. Good. Damn. Questions.

For the rest of the L.A. Times article, go here.

Twitter: @KFremonCraig, @EdgeOf17.


1st Person: Kelly Fremon Craig was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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