Watts, Dominik Teaming For Monroe Biopic

After giving Chopper Reid and Jesse James the part biographical/part-dramatised treatment, Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik is looking to do the same to Marilyn Monroe.

The Playlist reports that last year Dominik penned a script on spec based on Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Monroe memoirs “Blonde”. At the time it looked unlikely to happen as he didn’t have the life rights to Monroe from her estate.

Now, Naomi Watts is attached to star, a $20 million budget has been set and Wild Bunch is currently selling the proposed film at Cannes. Dominik says “I want to tell the story of Norma Jean as a central figure in a fairytale; an orphan child lost in the woods of Hollywood, being consumed by that great icon of the twentieth century.”

Production kicks off next January for a likely late 2011 release.