Lifetime Developing Marilyn Monroe Miniseries

Marilyn Monroe Miniseries LIfetime
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Lifetime is developing a new miniseries centered around Marilyn Monroe, Variety has confirmed.

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 show hails from Asylum Entertainment, which produced “The Kennedys,” and is executive produced by Kronish, Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels and Keri Selig. The working title for the miniseries is “Marilyn.”

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. Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962.

Lifetime’s upcoming adaptations include 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.”

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  1. Pooja says:

    A lot of shows have come down the pike since Cosmos I that cover a lot of the same general ground. Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman has been the best show on TV the last half decade. Of course I’ll give this a lookkhabarnaak and am hoping for the best but of all the programming that has been produced over the last few decades, Cosmos was among the ones least in need of a gritty reboot.

  2. anotherwgamember says:

    Clever blurb drop, Herbie.

  3. Jasmine says:

    I know, Marilyn Monroe is a bonafide legend, but can Hollywood just let Marilyn rest in peace, already? I completely understand the fascination, arguably the biggest female movie star of all time, but she deserves peace.

    • Seriously, she does. But also doesn’t deserve lifting her beyond who she was. Her legend comes from her lifestyle, not her talent. Mr. President, RFK, the mafia, dying young, and way down the line there are her films. Let’s respect her enough to not bloat her story with falsehoods and compromise the truth for the sake of money.

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