Miami-based BTF Media and Latinx production studio Loz Dos Studios are jumping on the Marilyn Monroe bandwagon, with an as-yet-untitled biopic in the works that promises a never-before-seen look at the iconic movie star’s Latino heritage. and one of his last trips to Mexico. The script details are taken from documents released by the FBI, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The upcoming project will be another addition to the pantheon of film and television projects that have proliferated over the years since Monroe’s untimely death in 1962, the latest being the Netflix docu “The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe: The Unreleased Tapes.” and the upcoming NC-17 rated drama “Blonde” starring Ana de Armas, slated for release this year on the giant streamer.
BTF Media founders Francisco Cordero and Ricardo Coeto are teaming up with Loz Dos Studios’ Dennis Polar to co-produce the film based on Monroe’s life. The screenplay is written by Alexa Polar, founder of Female Filmmakers Fuse, a non-profit organization that supports diversity, equity and inclusion in filmmaking.
Monroe was a star back then in Hollywood where many actors and actresses changed their real names to further boost their mainstream (read Anglo-American) appeal. Margarita Carmen Cansino became Rita Hayworth and Raquel Tejada was known as Raquel Welch. The fact that Monroe’s mother was born in Mexico was quietly removed. Hence, Norma Jeane Mortenson became known as Marilyn Monroe.
Cordero said: “For such a famous character, it must have been incredibly difficult for Marilyn to keep such a secret. It’s an honor to spotlight her as a Latina who feels comfortable with her roots.
“The Latinx community has so many vibrant stories to share and this film will bring an underrepresented perspective to Marilyn’s iconic story,” said Loz Dos Studios’ Polar.
Production is slated to begin this fall, with most scenes to be shot in Mexico. Casting is currently underway. The dialogue will be mostly in English with some Spanish in the mix.
BTF Media is one of the fastest growing Spanish language media companies in drama and biopics. Recent projects include the breakout “Maradona: Blessed Dream,” the International Emmy-nominated Juan Gabriel biopic “Hasta que te conocí,” and a recently announced television series based on the life and works of Frida Kahlo.
Loz Dos Studios’ mission is to produce and promote high-quality content that highlights underrepresented groups, with a focus on Latinx in television and film.