TORONTO, Sept. 14, 2012 – HBO Documentary Films has acquired the U.S. television rights to Oscar®-nominated director Liz Garbus’ feature documentary film LOVE, MARILYN, it was announced today. The film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and a Gala Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday evening.
Coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, LOVE, MARILYN features remarkable footage and audiotapes along with Marilyn’s own handwritten letters, diaries, notes, poems, journals and notebooks, which document her private life against the backdrop of her very public life and loves. The film also includes readings and appearances by F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Hope Davis, Viola Davis, Jennifer Ehle, Ben Foster, Paul Giamatti, Jack Huston, Stephen Lang, Lindsey Lohan, Janet McTeer, Jeremy Piven, Oliver Platt, David Strathairn, Lili Taylor, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Interviews and archival footage features Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Amy Greene, Molly Haskell, Truman Capote, Norman Mailer and Elia Kazan among many others.
“This film was an incredible journey and I’m so happy to be continuing it with my HBO family who have embraced the film in an extraordinary way,” said Garbus.
Added producer Stanley Buchthal, “My journey began in 1980 when I first met Lee Strasberg, and continued to 2009 when I co-edited Marilyn Monroe’s diaries and poems. The tremendous odyssey continued when Liz Garbus and I joined to offer the world a unique new insight into a remarkable 20th-century icon, Marilyn Monroe. I am personally delighted to be in business again with the HBO family.”
The deal was negotiated by David Koh & Josh Braun & Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment along with Stanley Buchthal of Diamond Girl Production, LLC and Harold Van Lier of Studio Canal on behalf of the producers and director with HBO.
LOVE, MARILYN is written, directed & produced by Liz Garbus; produced by Stanley Buchthal and Amy Hobby; executive produced by Anne Carey, Olivier Courson, Harold Van Lier, Enrique Steiger; edited by Azin Samari; cinematography by Maryse Alberti; music by Philip Sheppard; music supervisor, Bonnie Greenberg.