We've waited for a big budget biographical movie about Elvis and now the film industry is looking to put together a biopic about Elvis Presley, it seems like the time has final come for the King of Rock 'n' Roll to get his time on the big screen as there are currently FOUR Elvis biographical movie projects in the works.
The Hollywood Reporter has some information regarding the projects which are currently in-development in Tinseltown.
Most notable is the flick "Elvis & Nixon," which centres 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 centred 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 of the same name), is currentlyset up at 'Fox 2000' and is expected to be a traditional biography.
Then there's "Fame & Fortune," which is based on a memoir by Sonny West, one of Elvis' bodyguards which is to be directed by "The U.S. vs. John Lennon" helmer John Scheinfeld.
Movie number 4 is not an actual biography on Elvis Presley. "The Identical" focuses on an one of those IMPS, and has a faith-based storyline. Personally, I hope this one never gets to see the light of day. We have more than enough of these IMPS running around here and there "Huh, Huh, Huh ing" all over the place, let alone having some movie made about one.
One of the problems in developing a movie based on Elvis' life is the fact that Sony BMG has been protective about giving out the rights for Elvis' music to film makers.
But the company CKX, which acquired 85 percent of Presley's rights from his daughter Lisa Marie Presley, also has to approve all uses of his likenesses, and they are notoriously tightfisted as well. All in all, the process could get pretty pricey for prospective film makers.
Only time will tell whether The King gets his time in the Hollywood spotlight. But in all likelihood, what will end up happening is that all the projects will be green lit at the same time, and then after 34 years since his death, the box office will be swamped with a deluge of Elvis projects.
Source; elvis-express.com / EpGold