101 Studios and UK based production company Seven Seas Films are to co-produce a new drama series, The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe, based on Keith Badman’s non-fiction book, The Final Years of Marilyn Monroe: The Shocking True Story.
The series details the final months of Monroe’s life before her death in 1962. It will be a co-production between Seven Seas Films and 101 Studios; which is the first ever filmed project to be endorsed by Authentic Brands Group (ABG), owner of the Marilyn Monroe Estate. Seven Seas Films optioned the rights to the novel in 2017.
The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe will be penned by writer and Seven Seas Films co-founder, Dan Sefton (The Mallorca Files, Delicious, The Good Karma Hospital) and will explore the star’s turbulent life. Dan Sefton will also an executive producer along with Simon Lupton through their company Seven Seas Films.
The drama will explore events such as when Monroe found herself between the warring factions of the Mafia, the Kennedy political dynasty and the Hollywood elite; including her dealings with the infamous Rat Pack and its member, the Englishman Peter Lawford.
Dan Sefton, writer and co-founder of Seven Seas Films said; “Many people think they know the truth about Marilyn Monroe’s final months, but it’s a complicated and tragic story; one which we want to depict with compassion and sensitivity. It’s fantastic to be partnering with 101 Studios and ABG on the next stage of development and we can’t wait to bring Marilyn to life.”
“Marilyn Monroe is an enigmatic icon whose multifaceted life continues to inspire and intrigue us,” said Katie Jones, VP of Brand at ABG. “She was a trailblazer who forged her own path, during a time when women’s voices were often ignored and silenced. It is the perfect time to tell her iconic story as the challenges she faced are still prevalent in women’s lives today.”
“Beloved movie legend, Marilyn Monroe, has had many memoirs created about her life, but none quite like this,” said David Glasser, CEO of 101 Studios. “Keith Badman has uncovered gems of never before released details, centred around the last few months of her sensationalized life and the accusations made. The series pays homage to the bright star whose life was extinguished too early.”
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