A Grace Kelly film is on the way. Europacorp co-founder Pierre-Ange Le Progam has acquired the spec script Grace Monaco by Arash Amel and plans to develop it into a feature film. THR reports that the story pits Kelly’s personal life against the backdrop of the politics at the time, like a certain other successful biopic (The King’s Speech, ahem). Kelly rose to prominence as an actress in 1952 when she starred opposite Gary Cooper in High Noon. The beauty went on to star in a string of films for Alfred Hitchcock (Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, and To Catch a Thief) and in 1954 won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in The Country Girl. Hit the jump for more, including what portion of her life the film will focus on.
In a fairy tale-like story, she met and married Prince Rainer of Monaco in a wedding ceremony that captured hearts the worldover. She subsequently retired from acting at the age of 26 in order to fulfill her duties as the Princess. She shockingly died in 1982 after suffering a stroke and losing control of her car. However, Grace Monaco won’t focus any of this, and instead will take place during a six-month period in 1962 “when the city-state got into a heated dispute with France, which grew tired of the petite principality being a tax haven.” Kelly pulled a MacGyver and did some behind-the-scenes work to save Monaco from a coup. So it’s The King’s Speech but with 100% less speech impediments.
Filmmakers are said to be itching to take on the material, and the $15 million project is currently out to directors. Once a director has been settled on, the search will be on for the lucky actress who gets to take on the role of Kelly.