Rival Marilyn Monroe Projects in the Works

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Deadline is reporting that two rival Marilyn Monroe projects are in the works.

Wild Bunch announced at the Cannes Film Festival that it’s handling international sales on Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir. Andrew Dominik will direct the project that will star Naomi Watts as Marilyn. Shooting is scheduled to start on the $20 million film in January 2011.

The Weinstein Company is also developing My Week With Marilyn with filming starting in September. Michelle Williams will play Marilyn in the movie about the time Monroe spent in England shooting The Prince and the Showgirl opposite Laurence Olivier. Simon Curtis will direct.