Friday, March 04, 2011

Bound to happen - Marilyn Monroe in new movie?

Toronto owner of Marilyn Monroe image says the late icon may return to film
By: Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press
Posted: 01/30/2011 4:02 AM | Comments: 1 | Last Modified: 01/30/2011 8:10 AM

TORONTO - Audiences may one day see Marilyn Monroe back on the big screen starring in new roles.

It's a real possibility as technology evolves, says Toronto businessman Jamie Salter, who recently bought the rights to the image of the late 1950s Hollywood icon.

"We're pretty comfortable that Marilyn Monroe, in the next couple of years, will be in a real feature film and be playing a part," Salter said Friday in a phone interview.

"I don't know if it's a '007' movie or if it's action or it's drama or what type of movie it's going to be, but she's going to be an actress that the director chooses, no different than Kate Hudson or Meryl Streep."

Salter's New York-based brand development and licensing company, Authentic Brands Group, announced two weeks ago it made the Monroe deal in conjunction with NECA, a global media and entertainment company.

Salter wouldn't disclose a purchase price for Monroe's name and likeness, but published reports say it was nearly $50 million.
"I can't tell you the price of the deal but what I can tell you is we're extremely happy with our purchase and we think it's one of the better deals we've done over the last 20 years," said the chairman and CEO, who splits his time between Toronto and New York.

Anna Strasberg — who managed Monroe's estate and is the widow of the late star's acting coach, Lee Strasberg — is a minority partner in the joint venture.

Strasberg and her son, David, approached Salter's company last summer about how to rebuild Monroe's brand into the iconic, glamorous and beautiful personality that she was.

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Ricky Sprague said...

I for one can't wait for the remake of "Wild Things," with Myrna Loy and Jean Arthur in the Neve Campbell and Denise Richards roles. Ouch!

Anonymous said...

The pathetic part is that they would probably make lots of money doing it.
Remember how naively outraged many of us were when Ted Turner started colorizing classic films? How quaint. Anything goes now...
Terry Butler

Peter L. Winkler said...

It sounds like nothing more than a pr ploy to bring some renewed attention to Monroe merchandising, which they pretty much admit in the story. Other than that, you'll never hear about the movie to be again. Even if you could use CGI to make an actress "look" like the real Monroe in motion, how will you make the dialogue sound as if Monroe spoke it?

Anonymous said...

I think I've entered the wrong century.

Anonymous said...

I hope they have a scene where she plays poker with James Dean, Humphrey Bogart and Elvis. I've seen the poster in malls for years.

Dan Luft

Anonymous said...


Let the poor lady rest in peace...we have ALL of her films now on DVD, tons of wonderful, beautiful photos of her, etc., etc...why don't they just leave her memory ALONE!!???!?!?!

Kenneth Mark Hoover said...

I also don't think this is a good idea.

Just a money ploy by someone eager to feed off her dead bones.