It seems that two competing biopics on a Hollywood icon are both looking for traction at Cannes. Deadline London is reporting that two different biopics about the life of Marilyn Monroe are being shopped to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.
The first one comes from French sales team Wild Bunch which is shopping around the film Blonde, which will be an adaptation of author Joyce Carol Oates' fake biography of Monroe. Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) will direct the film with Naomi Watts attached to star as Monroe. Filming was said to begin in January 2011 with a $20 million budget.
The Weinstein Co. has the other project, entitled My Week With Marilyn, with Simon Curtis directing and Michelle Williams starring. This film will center on Monroe's time in London when she was filming The Prince and the Showgirl with Laurence Olivier. It was said that Ralph Fiennes was set to play Olivier before he stepped out to direct Coriolanus. My Week With Marilyn is set to start shooting by late September.
We'll be sure to keep you posted on any further details surrounding either of these Marilyn Monroe projects as soon as we have more information.