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Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly biopic goes from Cannes to Lifetime

Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco

From the festival circuit to your couch on a lazy Thursday afternoon.

That is the course for Nicole Kidman’s Grace of Monaco, which will sees it’s U.S. premiere on Lifetime after opening the Cannes Film Festival a year ago. Deadline reported the news on Tuesday.

While the film hit theaters (to tepid responses by critics) overseas, it had yet to open in American theaters. It was also in the midst of controversy after The Weinstein Company and director Olivier Dahan fought of cuts. Deadline mentions that it is unclear whether Lifetime will use the cut by Dahan or Weinstein’s. The director’s cut was used in the premiere at Cannes.

In an interview with Deadline at Sundance this year, Harvey Weinstein hinted at the possibility that the film could find life on TV rather than a theatrical run. “The script we signed on for was like The King’s Speech, with the big moment where Princess Grace steps up. That is what attracted Nicole. I made eight movies with her including co-producing The Hours with Paramount, and The Others. I know why she took it and why I was involved. I’d seen rushes that were great.

“The director is French, and he turned it more into a Hitchcock movie like a paean to Vertigo, which ironically Grace wasn’t in. The writer, Arash Amel, called me and said, what happened to my script? It’s like welcome to Hollywood. Writers don’t have any say, but we decided to pair him up with a team of people and see what he could do about restoring the movie to the way it looked when he wrote it. He did a wonderful job. You can ask Nicole. A beautiful job.”

Grace of Monaco will premiere on Lifetime on May 25 with the film now being eligible for the TV Movie category at the 2015 Emmys.


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