Baz Luhrmann Working on Elvis Presley Biopic at Warner Bros Also

April 30, 2014
Source: The Wrap

Elvis Presley

Over the past few years there have been several different films meant to focus on Elvis Presley. There's the standard biopic Last Train to Memphis from director Kevin Macdonald, Growing Up Graceland to explore Presley's final days, and also the more specific Elvis & Nixon, about the King's relationship with our president. Now another one is in development at Warner Bros. as The Wrap reports Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Lurhmann is currently in talks to direct a biopic that isn't based on any pre-existing material, but has a script from Fifty Shades of Grey screenwriter Kelly Marcel. More below!

At this time, it's not clear which parts of Elvis Presley's life will be in the script, but the studio has already secured all the rights to Presley's musical catalog to make this project as authentic and complete as possible. Could we be looking at an all-encompassing story like Walk the Line did for Johnny Cash? Luhrmann has been in discussions for this project over several weeks, but a deal isn't closed yet. And if he ends up boarding the project, his wife Catherine Martin (an Oscar winner) would also be involved as costume designer and maybe production designer. Of course, Luhrmann could also end up taking on a big screen version of Kung Fu as well, so anything can happen. Which would you rather see Baz Lurhmann direct?

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Please call it HOUND DOG.

DAVIDPD on Apr 30, 2014


i don't think Lurhman is the right director for an Elvis film. Maybe if it took place solely during The King's rhinestone vegas days.

Astroboy3000 on May 1, 2014

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