Toronto 2012: HBO Doc Films Takes U.S. Rights to Liz Garbus' 'Love, Marilyn'

The U.S. cabler acquired the film about the 20th century icon on the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death.

TORONTO - HBO Documentary Films has grabbed the U.S. TV rights to Love, Marilyn, Liz Garbus’ feature documentary about a 20th century icon, as the Toronto International Film Festival heads into its final weekend.

The film, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death, bowed in Telluride ahead of its first Toronto screening on Wednesday night at Roy Thomson Hall. (Watch exclusive video with Garbus from The Hollywood Reporter's TIFF Video Lounge here.)

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HBO Documentary Films earlier this week took the U.S. TV rights to Tom Donahue’s Casting By, which puts a spotlight on Hollywood casting through interviews with a host of celebrity talking heads.

Taking a similar tack, Love, Marilyn features readings and appearances by Adrien Brody, Viola Davis, Ellen Burstyn, Lindsey Lohan, Uma Thurman, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.


The documentary also features interviews and archival footage with the late Arthur Miller, Joe DiMaggio, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer.

The deal was negotiated by David Koh, Josh Braun and Dan Braun of Submarine Entertainment, along with Stanley Buchthal of Diamond Girl Production, and Harold Van Lier of Studio Canal on behalf of the producers and director with HBO.