Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

Megan Ellison to Develop TV Show about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo

In news that’s almost too good to be true, Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures announced that it would develop a TV series about Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo. 

Both stars were widely rumored to be bisexual, which adds another potentially interesting layer to the as-yet untitled project. Set during Hollywood’s Golden Age, the show would explore Dietrich and Garbo’s relationships with topliners like John Gilbert, Mercedes de Acosta, Tallulah Bankhead, Alla Nazimova, Barbara Stanwyck, Cary Grant and John Wayne.

The would-be showrunners are Angela Robinson (True BloodHung) and Alex Kondrake (The L WordHung). 

Name your fantasy casting choices in the comments. 

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Well part of my comment got wiped out. HAHAHAHA I think they should have a Swede from Sweden and a girl that German. They could pull off the attitude,etc. PLUS you may find someone who looks like them. Not someone they cast and doesn’t look like them just for ratings.


o do it. They may be able to pull off the sexiness and attitude.


Uma Thurman should definitely play Marlene as she resembles her in full Dietrich regalia…
there are lots of photos online of Uma channelling Dietrich, she is exactly a dead ringer…
plus Uma is a great actress.


Uma Thurman = Marlene.
Cate Blanchett = Garbo.

W. H

Uma thurman as Marlene!!

C c r

Evan Rachel Wood. Garbo. Diane Kruger Dietrich


If younger Alicia viklander and Mary Elizabeth winsted. Older cloe sevinge and Diane Kruger


I could not be more excited about the possibility of these projects! I would actually go with a German and Swedish actress so that they get their English with German or Swedish inflections right. Alexandra Maria Lara for Marlene and for Garbo Noomi Rapace of course!


No one could ever do Garbo or Dietrich justice. I mean, maybe, just maybe Cate Blanchett or Rooney Mara could do something with this, but even at the top of their game the performance (and the project in general) would still look uber-trashy to me. Garbo would find this kind of project insulting, and I'm sure Dietrich would feel the same. Besides, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich deserve something WAY better than a freakin' television show! And don't give me that "golden age of television" crap, because no, it's not. Television will always be coach and cinema will always be first class.

Doug Poppers

While it's a great idea and would probably be immensely entertaining, I don't think anyone could actually fit these roles, ultimately dooming the project.

Megan's a smart woman, but this is a poor move unless she gets absolutely everything right.


I second Brandi! Best idea ever!
Cate Blanchett as Lili Marlene?
Emma Thompson as Greta Garbo?
Bless Megan Ellison and her stacks of moolah!


I could see Keira Knightley as Greta Garbo! And maybe Chloe Sevigny for Marlene Dietrich. This show sounds great!


This sounds AMAZING. SO AMAZING!! I was waiting for a powerful, female-centric drama on parr with Breaking Bad or Walking Dead. This has the potential to be that show! Casting will be difficult. Few actresses working today have the aura of a Garbo or a Dietrich. Who can portray that kind of confident sensuality without it looking forced? No one comes to mind.

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