WEEK IN WOMEN: Writer Kelly Marcel Set to Direct FERRYMAN – Brandy McDonnell reports

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BAFTA nominee Kelly Marcel, who has penned the scripts for films like “Venom,” “Saving Mr. Banks” and “Fifty Shades of Grey,” is moving into directing.

Legendary Entertainment has closed a deal with Marcel to adapt, direct and produce Claire McFall’s novel Ferryman, the first book in McFall’s award-winning young adult trilogy.

Ferryman was originally published in the United Kingdom by Templar in 2013 and won the Scottish Teen Book Award, was long-listed for the Branford Boase Award and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. It is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who transports souls to the underworld. Ferryman follows a young girl named Dylan as she emerges from the debris of a train crash on an empty Scottish landscape. Believing herself to be the only survivor, she learns instead that she is the only fatality – and is trapped in a dangerous limbo. She meets an enigmatic boy named Tristan, her “ferryman,” sent to guide her through the wasteland and into the afterlife, but they fall in love, with dangerous consequences. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.