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Hollywood is shifting its focus to The King. After many years of the film industry trying to put together a biopic about Elvis Presley, it seems like the time has final come for the famous rock'n'roll musician to get his time on the big screen.
The Hollywood Reporter is running a story about the many projects about Presley currently in development in Tinseltown. Most notable is the flick "Elvis & Nixon," which centers on an encounter between the singer and president in 1970. The film marks Cary Elwes' directorial debut, and currently has Eric Bana lined up to star as Elvis while Danny Huston will star as Nixon.
But that is just one of four projects centered around The King currently at play. Steve Bing has long been trying to make a biopic about Presley with "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller. His flick, "Last Train to Memphis" (based on the biography »
- Terri Schwartz
John Scheinfeld ("The U.S. vs. John Lennon") will direct Rlf Victor Productions' "Fame & Fortune", an adaptation of the 2007 biography "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business" penned by former Presley bodyguard Sonny West and biographer Marshall Terrill says The Hollywood Reporter.
Though he starred in 27 movies, his life story has never been the subject of a theatrical biopic, though his life has been portrayed in documentaries and telefilms. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Kurt Russell previously played Presley in two such small screen projects.
- Garth Franklin
Rlf Victor Productions report they are producing a feature adaptation of the 2007 best-seller "Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business", that was co-written by Elvis' close friend and bodyguard Sonny West, with biographer Marshall Terrill.
With his brother 'Red', Sonny West was a member of Elvis' core group of friends and associates.
"John Scheinfeld is the premier director of popular culture bios on music icons," said Ricki Landers Friedlander, Chairman and CEO of Rlf Victor Productions. "Elvis Presley and Sonny West's story, which requires great sensitivity and understanding, couldn't be in more capable hands."
Producers are planning for a 2012 release.
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- Michael Stevens
Despite being one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, Elvis Presley hasn’t had a lot of films made about his life. The example that immediately springs to mind is Elvis, which starred Kurt Russell and was directed by John Carpenter — but even that was a made-for-tv movie. True Romance is another example, but that’s also minor; he appears out of focus, and is onscreen for only about a minute. But this anomaly will come to an end soon, with THR learning that John Scheinfeld will direct a biopic of the singer, titled Fame & Fortune.
The most important announcement — that is, who will be playing the icon — hasn’t been made yet, but that should come soon; casting will start in the fall, and it’s being lined up for a release in 2012 by Rlf Victor Productions. There’s a significance to the year: It coincides with »
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Though rock legend Elvis Presley has been the subject of two major made-for-tv biopics previously (a 1979 version starring Kurt Russell and a 2005 miniseries starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers), Rlf Victor Productions now has a big-screen treatment in the works, and they've tapped documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld to direct. Scheinfeld is perhaps best known as the director of the 2006 documentary "The U.S. vs. John Lennon", which premiered at that year's Venice Film Festival. The prolific filmmaker is no stranger to chronicling famous musicians, having previously directed docs on such subjects as Bette Midler, Andy Williams, and Ricky Nelson. The film will be based »
- Chris Eggertsen
Less than a month after the 34th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley comes the announcement that The King will finally get his big screen biopic. The Hollywood Reporter published a story naming John Scheinfeld as director for Fame & Fortune, based on the 2007 biography Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business by former Elvis bodyguard Sonny West and biographer Marshall Terrill. The film is aiming for a 2012 release, effectively then the 35th anniversary of the singer.s death. Scheinfeld has previously written and directed The U.S. vs. John Lennon and Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin. About Him?). It is confounding as to why it has taken this long for a biopic about Elvis to make it to theaters. I.ve seen a slew of the TV movies, including John Carpenter.s Elvis, but I.m looking forward to The King.s life getting the same »
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