Munich-based producer-distributor Beta Film is working on a new two-part dramatic biopic looking at the life of Grace Kelly (pictured), the Oscar-winning actor and Princess of Monaco, with U.S. nets Hallmark and Lifetime understood to be among the buyers interested in the project.
The 2 x 90-minutes production, which has the simple working title Grace Kelly, is being readied for 2012, with Italian net RAI, German net ZDF and Spanish net Telecinco already committed.
An actor is yet to be cast for the role of Kelly, but Beta Film MD Eric Welbers told realscreen in Cannes: “There are a lot of actresses who you could put in a dress and they would be Grace Kelly, but there was something more [to her], so we will have to find an actress who has something more as well.”
Welbers added that the first part of the factual drama would focus on the making of the actor, and her tension with her father; while the second part of the production would focus on the making of the princess, which came with her 1956 marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. Kelly died in a car crash in 1982.
The news comes amid a recent resurgence of interest in Princess Kelly. In Toronto, film festival venue the TIFF Bell Lightbox will next month host a Grace Kelly exhibition, displaying the late star’s dresses, personal letters, memorabilia, and her Academy Award.
Elsewhere, Beta Film is also working on a fact-based drama looking at the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics massacre, to be ready in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics, which are next year held in London. Welbers described the historical incident as effectively being “the beginning of international terrorism.”
The massacre saw the kidnap and murder of 11 Israeli athletes by Palestinian gunmen, and has previously been portrayed onscreen via Steven Spielberg’s 2005 drama blockbuster Munich, as well as Kevin Macdonald’s Oscar-winning 1999 documentary One Day in September.