UPDATE (August 23, 2011): We have learned that composer Alexandre Desplat has written a theme for My Week with Marilyn. The piece called Marilyn’s Theme will be adapted by Conrad Pope into his score. Pope has been an orchestrator on a number of movies scored by Desplat in the past couple of years. Most recently, he worked with the composer on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
Conrad Pope is currently scoring the upcoming drama My Week with Marilyn. The movie directed by Simon Curtis stars Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Derek Jacobi and Dougray Scott. The film chronicles a week in the life of Monroe during the production of Laurence Olivier’s film The Prince and the Showgirl. Screenwriter Adrian Hodges adapted the memoirs of Colin Clark, the assistant who worked with Monroe on the production of the picture. David Pardiff (Shakespeare in Love) is producing the movie. While Pope is best known as an orchestrator for some of Hollywood’s top composers (John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Alan Silvestri), he has also scored several movies himself, including the 2001 drama Pavilion of Women starring Willem Dafoe and 2009’s In My Sleep. My Week with Marilyn is set to premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival in October. The Weinstein Company will release the movie on November 4, 2011.