Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures has earned a reputation for helping to fund films that other companies weren’t willing to risk, like Spike Jonze’s Her, Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master and Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. The company is now looking to get into television, setting up an untitled project about Hollywood icons Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo.
Annapurna has True Blood writer Angela Robinson and The L Word’s Alex Kondracke scripting the project, which is mostly being kept under wraps in terms of content and where it might end up. That's not surprising, since the project doesn’t yet have a network or channel involved.
But we can imagine there being considerable interest in a series that would delve into the lives of two such fascinating screen legends, including their rivalry and the circles in which they mixed during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
People who could conceivably crop up include the likes of John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne. We don’t envy any actors who are tasked with bringing particularly the central duo to life, but we’re certainly fascinated by the concept. With Boardwalk Empire off the air, this would seem like a good time for a glossy new 30s-set drama.