Andrew Dominik Says He’s Aiming To Make “Emotional Nightmare Fairy-Tale” Marilyn Monroe Biopic ‘Blonde’ Next
After a few years in the wilderness after the masterpiece “The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford” underperformed at the box office, Andrew Dominik’s third film — initially titled “Cogan’s Trade” after the George V. Higgins book on which it’s based, and later retitled “Killing Them Softly” — came together quite quickly. The first hints emerged in September 2010, and within a few months it had a star and producer in Brad Pitt, a distributor courtesy of The Weinstein Company, and rolled in front of cameras in early 2011.
But with the film having premiered at Cannes this week, we began to wonder what happened to “Blonde,” Dominik’s Naomi Watts-starring adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel about Marilyn Monroe. That film was long-mooted to be his next project after ‘Jesse James,’ and was originally set to get underway in January 2011 before “Killing Them Softly” came along. Was it still a going concern? Or had last year’s “My Week With Marilyn” put paid to Monroe-themed pictures for a while?