Lifetime is making a biopic about Marilyn Monroe, which brings to mind two questions.
1. How has it taken this long for Lifetime to make a movie about Marilyn Monroe?
2. Really? Another movie about Marilyn Monroe?
Lifetime’s project, currently titled “Marilyn,” is based on the 2009 book “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborrelli. Stephen Kronish (“The Kennedys”) is writing the script, with Laurie Collyer (“Sherrybaby”) set to direct. No one has been cast yet.
“Marilyn” joins a long, long list of movies, both TV and theatrical, about the iconic movie star’s life and death at age 39 in 1962. Following is a list of women who have played (or will play) Monroe in high-profile projects in the past 20 years.
- “Blonde” (2015), Jessica Chastain
- “My Week with Marilyn” (2011), Michelle Williams
- “The Kennedys” (2011), Charlotte Sullivan
- “Blonde” (2001), Poppy Montgomery. Both this and the 2015 movie are based on a book by Joyce Carol Oates.
- “The Rat Pack” (1998), Barbara Niven
- “Norma Jean & Marilyn” (1996), Ashley Judd (as Norma Jean Baker) and Mira Sorvino (as Monroe)
Will Lifetime’s story add anything new to the canon? We’ll find out soon enough.