Coming off of The Great Gatsby, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has still not yet settled on his next project, and now he’s adding another highly intriguing possibility to the pile. The Wrap reports that the Moulin Rouge! director is in talks to helm a biopic of The King himself, Elvis Presley, for Warner Bros., with Saving Mr. Banks scribe Kelly Marcel penning the screenplay for the untitled film.
Kelly Marcel is writing the film, which Gail Berman is producing and Andrew Mittman is executive producing
Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis is in the building — as in, the Warner Bros. building — and director Baz Luhrmann is in negotiations to join the iconic singer, who is the subject of an untitled biopic being written by Kelly Marcel (“Fifty Shades of Grey”), TheWrap has learned.
Marcel is hard at work writing an original screenplay about Elvis Presley, the hip-gyrating King of Rock and Roll, that will not be based on any pre-existing material. While the project is believed to be a biopic, it's unclear which periods of Presley's life would be depicted in the film.Warner Bros. has secured rights to all musical components in Presley's catalog for this project, multiple individuals familiar with the situation told TheWrap.
Luhrmann has been in negotiations for several weeks and should his deal close, it's expected that his wife, Oscar winner Catherine Martin, would board the project as costume designer and possibly as production designer as well.
According to twitter, Elvis is a racist, pedophile and this movie shouldn't be made.
Elvis most likely wasn't a racist. He just so happened to benefit from a racist society. The grooming of a 14 year old is problematic though.
I was just highlighting the views of the super "woke" Harry Style fans on twitter who don't want him taking the role. Elvis wasn't likely a racist but he did "borrow" heavily from black artist from the time. However, it's not his fault that mainstream society wouldn't play their music at first, and actually Elvis' popularity helped open the door for artist like James Brown, Little Richard, etc. to have more success with middle America. The stuff with Priscilla is a bit gross though.