Nicole Kidman Recounts “How to Marry a Millionaire”

The film “How to Marry a Millionaire” debuted in 1953 and helped to catapult Marilyn Monroe to stardom. The film, in which Monroe portrays the ditzy, yet endearing Pola Debevoise, also hosted Hollywood greats Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable as three beautiful women who, after becoming frustrated with dating cheap men, move into a posh New York City penthouse and use their feminine wiles to try and snag wealthy bachelors to marry.

Millionaire takes all

Another Hollywood icon, namely Nicole Kidman, has purchased the rights to this film and is set to revamp “How to Marry a Millionaire” through her 20th Century Fox-based production company, Blossom Films. Sacha Gervasi, best known for writing “The Terminal” script for Steven Spielberg, has been commissioned to pen the screenplay, which is said to be a more modern-day, updated reinterpretation of the classic Monroe film. Most likely, the plot is not going to follow the original storyline too closely, and is still very much under wraps. There have been reports speculating on who could be cast alongside Kidman, or whether the remodelled version will even star three leading ladies. Nicole Kidman is rumoured to be taking over Marilyn Monroe’s role in the film.

Make me over

Kidman, a remake veteran, has already lent her thespian monroe roofing contractor  talents to a remake of “The Stepford Wives” originally released in 1975, “Bewitched”, a remake of the supernatural sitcom, and “The Invasion”, a loose reinterpretation of the 1956 science-fiction thriller “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” In both “The Stepford Wives” and “Bewitched”, Kidman took the female characters to new lengths with regard to strong femininity and beguiling charm. Consequently, it is exciting to speculate as to just where Kidman would take Monroe’s character, Pola. In “How to Marry a Millionaire”, Pola is the slightly narcissistic and charmingly daft character amongst the bunch, and Kidman, having tread in somewhat more elevated waters, may choose to have Pola’s intelligence quotient kicked up a few notches by having her read some Virginia Woolf as a nod to Kidman’s Oscar-winning performance in “The Hours.”

Battle of the Blonds

Nicole Kidman and the late Marilyn Monroe are remarkably similar; both are blond, beautiful bombshells that can charm the pants off almost any audience. Kidman, with her signature sultriness and classy demeanor, can most certainly turn more than a few heads, but can she compete with one of the most iconic and curvaceous coquettes of the 20th century? While Monroe was and still remains the epitome of a sex symbol, some say her acting chops are definitely no match for the Oscar-winning Kidman. Monroe may have had her experience with high-profile marriages, such as her unions with Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller, but Kidman most definitely knows a thing or two about marrying millionaires, namely Hollywood heavyweight Tom Cruise and country crooner Keith Urban. Perhaps that is why Kidman initially signed on to the project; she just wanted to put all that knowledge to work.


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