At the end of the day, the behind-the-scenes drama behind the release of Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco may prove to be more compelling than the finished film itself. That is if anybody actually gets to see his biopic of the legendary actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly starring Nicole Kidman. The Weinstein Company has pulled the upcoming March 14th U.S. release date of the film and no future time frame has been established as of yet as the company claims no finished version has been delivered to the studio.
This adds yet another twist in the ongoing puzzle of Grace of Monaco. The film was originally scheduled to open last November in hopes of being an awards bid for Kidman’s take on the iconic Hollywood superstar. The film was then pushed to this spring under the grace notes that the film wasn’t quite finished. As previously reported, a clash occurred very publicly when Dahan, who previously directed Marion Cotillard to an Oscar in the 2007 Edith Piaf biopic La Vie en Rose, chided Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein over the cut of the film. “It’s right to struggle, but when you confront an American distributor like Weinstein, not to name names, there is not much you can do,” Dahan was quoted as saying in a French newspaper, “There are two versions of the film for now: mine and his … which I find catastrophic.” Weinstein was reportedly giving the filmmaker notes over the finished version of the film, something in which he is known to do and to sometimes a controversial effect, but allegedly has no creative control over Grace of Monaco.
The plot thickens as to when, or if the Nicole Kidman vehicle, which also stars Tim Roth, Parker Posey and Frank Langella, will be released for American audiences. And if all the mudslinging that got it there will have an effect on the finished product.