We just mentioned the fact that Beyonce will direct her own bio-doc for HBO, but there are a few other biopics in development, too. Andrew Dominik has only released two films to date: Chopper, and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford. The former got worldwide attention, and the latter quickly developed a fervent cult following despite being a relative failure at the box office. This week Dominik releases his third film, Killing Them Softly, and with any luck, Dominik’s next film will arrive a lot sooner. Before making Killing Them Softly he was working on the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, and that film is moving forward once again, with Naomi Watts (above) still set to play Marilyn.

Dominik told The Playlist, “It’s about her whole life. It starts when she’s seven and it ends when she dies… It’s sort of a Polanski descent-into-madness-type movie. It’s about this orphan girl who gets lost in the woods.” That latter statement is interesting, especially since the film comes from Joyce Carol Oates‘ book about Marilyn, but taking the eccentricities of Killing Them Softly into account, it isn’t all that surprising. Dominik clearly has more than the mundane in mind. In fact, he says “fantasy and reality become very blurred in the story.”

Dominik hopes to shoot the film next year, and says “It’s my dream project and I’ve been working on it for years and years and years.” But let’s move on. After the break,

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Before making the movie that became Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik was developing a biopic of Marilyn Monroe. Actually, Blonde is not quite a biopic — it is an account of the screen icon’s life, but one based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel that imagined Monroe’s thoughts. So not quite non-fiction; or even less non-fiction than biopics often attempt.

Now, on Marilyn’s birthday, Dominik and the star of his last two films, Brad Pitt, have announced that Pitt’s company Plan B will product the film. “We’re going to get this one done,” Pitt says. Read More »

Earlier this year, Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) was one of two filmmakers lined up to make films based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. He was prepping Blonde, based on the Joyce Carol Oates speculative biography of the actress, with Naomi Watts set to star. The Weinstein Company and Simon Curtis were prepping My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams.

The latter got in motion first, and is shooting now. Between that and the announcement that Mr. Dominik might be shooting another film with his Jesse James star Casey Affleck by early next year, it seemed like Blonde was on hold at the very least, and possibly dead. Naomi Watts made a few comments about it this week, however, making Blonde sound as if it will happen one day, and perhaps sooner rather than later. Read More »

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Earlier this week a single line in a New York Times piece got my hopes up, by saying that Casey Affleck would soon work again with director Andrew Dominik. That would be a re-teaming of two of the primaries from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. (Affleck played Ford, Brad Pitt played James; hopefully this is a superfluous recap.) Now, in a different interview, Affleck has seemingly confirmed the plan to re-team.

This raises two questions. One: what’s the new movie? And two, what does this mean for Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe biopic Dominik had planned to shoot in January? Read More »

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Last week we heard that Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik would direct Naomi Watts in Blonde, a biopic of Marilyn Monroe.

Now there’s already what appears to be the first image of Watts as Monroe, snapped at Cannes. Best guess is this is a photoshop comp based on a test photo of Watts in character. I’d still say Watts is too skinny to convincingly play Monroe, but this shows she has the attitude, and she can always do a little Raging Bull diet to push herself a little closer to the right build. See the full image at the end of this post. [Allocine, via The Playlist]

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I know that Marilyn Monroe is an American icon, but do we really need two biopics of the actress in the works? On one hand, there’s My Week With Marilyn, which started development last year. Scarlett Johansson was originally slated to star, then Michelle Williams stepped in.

And now there is Blonde, which adapts the fake memoir by Joyce Carol Oates. Playing Monroe in this one will be Naomi Watts — not exactly who comes to mind when thinking of the curvy Monroe — under the direction of Andrew Dominik. He might be the key ingredient here, because if you’re going to make a movie about an American legend, why not hand it to the guy who last made The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Read More »

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