An actress who is widely considered to be the quintessential sex symbol will be the subject of a new miniseries in the works at Lifetime. Variety reports that the cable channel is developing a project focused on Marilyn Monroe.
“The series, based on the book ‘The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe’ by J. Randy Taraborrelli, is being scripted by Stephen Kronish, writer and producer of Reelz’s ‘The Kennedys’ and ’24.’ If the project is picked up, ‘Sherrybaby’ helmer Laurie Collyer is attached to direct,” the story reports.
The project, carrying the working title “Marilyn,” comes from “The Kennedys” producer Asylum Entertainment, with Kronish, Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels and Keri Selig lined up as exec producers.
“Taraborrelli’s ‘Secret Life’ biography is a New York Times bestseller which explores Monroe’s complicated relationships with her mother, foster mother and legal guardian, her struggles with mental illness and her ties with the Kennedys,” the report notes, adding that the actress died Aug. 5, 1962.
The project joins a number of adaptations that are in development at Lifetime, including “a miniseries version of Anita Diamant’s ‘The Red Tent,’ Stephen King telepic ‘Big Driver,’ and ‘The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story’ based on Dustin Diamond’s tell-all, ‘Behind the Bell,’” the Variety report adds.
No word yet on who will play Marilyn.