Brad Pitt has come aboard to produce the filmmaker’s long-gestating drama about the blond bombshell. "We're going to get this one done," Pitt told 24 Frames in a joint interview with Dominik.
Pitt said it's unclear whether he would take a role in the movie as well (suggestions welcome on who he should play) or simply produce. Pitt's been on a bit of a producing hot streak lately: His company, Plan B, was behind two best picture nominees in 2012 ("The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball").
Pitt and Domink collaborated on "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" and the upcoming hit-man movie "Killing Them Softly." "Blonde" would mark a shift from those hard-boiled genres; it would look at an imagined inner life of the iconic actress, an inner life first imagined by Joyce Carol Oates, who wrote an acclaimed 2000 novel on which the film would be based.
Oates' "Blonde," which also got the TV mini-series treatment a decade ago, has been in feature development since at least 2009, when Dominik began writing a script based on the book. Soon after, the foreign-sales company Wild Bunch began peddling the project.
But it's back on the front burner thanks to Pitt's interest and to some new financing possibilities. Dominik wouldn't comment on the specific progress of the project, but said that shooting it in January or February of 2013 was not out of the realm of possibility.
Generally, he said, he struggles with the balance between passion and pragmatism, which he said may be why he's made just two movies since "Chopper."
"I'd like to make movie, man,” he said. “But I don't want to just make movies. I want to make the movies I want to make."
When it was first incarnated with Wild Bunch, Naomi Watts was slated to play the lead part of Marilyn.
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