Marilyn Monroe Biopic Set To Hit Screens In 2011
Andrew Dominik – director of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Chopper – will take the helm of a project currently estimated to cost $20 million.
Marilyn Monroe – arguably the world’s most iconic blonde – still generates immense interest and is still considered to be the epitome of sex and beauty.
Expressing his desire to tackle the subject Dominik said: “Why is Marilyn Monroe the great female icon of the 20th Century? For men she is an object of sexual desire that is desperately in need of rescue. For women, she embodies all the injustices visited upon the feminine, a sister, a Cinderella, consigned to live among the ashes.”
Vincent Maraval, who handles international sales for Wild Bunch, told Screen: “We are delighted to finally be working with Andrew Dominik who is one of the most talented young directors in world cinema today. We trust his vision to deliver us a Marilyn biopic which will not be a classic one but a modern Raging Bull which will explore one of the most iconic figures of this century.”
Biopics tend to be a safe bet for studios who trade off a celebrity’s popularity with the confidence the star’s appeal will market itself. Whatever the result it will undoubtedly polarise Marilyn obsessives who will have been expecting such a project for quite some time now.