Thursday, 13 May 2010


Here's one I really want to see. Andrew Dominik, writer-director of The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford aka my favourite film of 2007 alongside Zodiac, is set to write and direct an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir Blonde, with Naomi Watts set to star as the legendary icon. The $20 million film will, according to screendaily, shoot in January 2011.

“Why is Marilyn Monroe the great female icon of the 20th Century?" said Dominik. "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. I want to tell the story of Norma Jean as a central figure in a fairytale; an orphan child lost in the woods of Hollywood, being consumed by that great icon of the twentieth century.”


J.D. said...

Yeah, this has real potential and I am intrigued by the source material that he's using. Could be good. It should be interesting to see who else gets cast in this one.

Mark Salisbury said...

I agree, although I'm just excited to see Dominik back behind the camera. It was seven years between Chopper and Jesse James. At least we're not going to have to wait that long again.

Gina Sackman said...

Wonder if Naomi will put on a bit of healthy weight to get Marilyn/NJ's figure. Not that it matters ultimately because there's a LOT more to Marilyn than her body-type. (Which I'm hoping to see in the film and it looks like I will be!) But I bet it could do America some good when every Christina Hendricks article I go to, I see men and women alike calling her fat. Really.

Anyhow, definitely looking forward to this one!

Mark Salisbury said...

I agree with you Gina. Christina Hendricks' figure would have once been considered the norm.