Two Films about Marilyn Monroe Go into Production

     May 13, 2010

Marilyn Monroe is too big of a cultural icon to have just one more.  Deadline reports that two films centering the late model/actress are in the works.  The first up is from Andrew Bergman who directed the amazing The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Ford. [Correction: Andrew Dominik directed Assassination of Jesse James; Andrew Bergman is producing.  Movie is still amazing.] The film, Blonde, is based Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir.  Filming is set to begin January 2011 with Naomi Watts playing Monroe.

But the Weinstein Company has its own Marilyn Monroe flick in the works. Simon Curtis (The BBC TV series Cranford) will direct My Week with Marilyn late this September.  The film is about the time Monroe spent in England shooting The Prince and the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier.  Michelle Williams will play Monroe in this biopic.  Ralph Fiennes was originally set to play Olivier but dropped out to direct and star in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.

So the question falls to you, dear readers: Who would make a better Marilyn Monroe—Watts or Williams?  Or is there another actress who would be an even better choice?  While you ponder that, hit the jump to check out my favorite photo of Monroe, taken by Richard Avedon.

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