Scorsese Eyes Story of Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton's Romance
Though it sounds like the long-gestating period drama Silence will be next for director Martin Scorsese, Paramount Pictures recently bought the rights to the book Furious Love as a directing vehicle for the Shutter Island and Taxi Driver filmmaker. The non-fiction book from Sam Kashner/Nancy Schoenberger follows the "torrid and tempestuous romance" between the late iconic Hollywood heavyweights Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton whose love first blossomed on the set of Cleopatra. The novel was shopped around quite awhile back, but the recent passing of Taylor has generated much more interest in the project.
Deadline reports Paramount's deal also includes a rights agreement with Burton's estate, cooperation from his widow Sally Hay Burton for access to his library, but the studio is still working towards the same deal with Taylor's estate. No writer is attached yet, but the story already sounds ripe for the big screen as Taylor and Burton shared a high profile adulterous romance where they were stalked by paparazzi at every turn, had they affair condemned by the Vatican, and eventually got married and divorced...twice. Scorsese has apparently long been interested in Hollywood romance, and if he ends up directing, some great talent will certainly come aboard to play the iconic Hollywood stars. Anyone interested?