'Growing Up Graceland' Will Explore the Final Days of Elvis Presley
The King may have left the building, but when all was said and done, Elvis Presley had starred in 33 feature films and left an indelible impression on the music and film landscape. One of the biggest musicians to cross over into film, Elvis helped paved the way for guys like Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, and other musicians-turned-actors to entertain us on the big screen today. THR reports that the recenty-formed BiteSize Entertainment is developing a biopic of sorts about Elvis called Growing Up Graceland, based on Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice a book by David E. Stanley's. More below!
The movie will follow Stanley's 17-year relationship with Presley, who happened to be his stepbrother and mentor. Stanley moved to Graceland when he was just four years old, and grew up to be a personal aide to The King. The film is also said to have a spiritual slant, as it delves into the big questions that Elvis was asking before he passed away in 1977. Sounds a bit like it could be told through the same sort of lens as My Week With Marilyn, from a younger person's perspective looking in on the life of one of the world's biggest stars. It also fits nicely in with the theme of nostalgia that has been invading Hollywood over the past few years. Most of the films about Elvis made after his death have been small made-for-TV projects, so it will be interesting to see if BiteSize can create something a bit more high profile to tell this story.