Elvis Presley Miniseries To Be Shot By Weinstein Company & Presley Estate
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:26:25
Elvis Presley's estate and The Weinstein Company are teaming up to executive produce an 8-10-episode television biopic about the King.
Harvey Weinstein said, "To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word 'icon'... He is one of the most celebrated entertainers of all time whose influence surpasses the music he created. People's fascination with his story goes beyond the stage and this biopic will pay homage to his brilliant legacy and give viewers an in-depth look at how he became 'The King'." Deadline reports that the deal will give the company the rights to use all of Elvis's music, and grant them access to his cars, clothes, and jets. For the first time ever a show will be permitted to shoot inside of Graceland, Elvis' iconica home.
Based on rock journalist Dave Marsh's 1982 book Elvis, and with access to Presley's personal journals the production has yet to assign any names to the show. The Weinstein Company is reportedly shortlisting a group of A-list writer-directors, with a view to sharing details with TV networks within the next two weeks.
Executive Producer David Glasser said, "We are thrilled to announce this biopic and our partnership with the Presley Estate," adding, "It's an incredible opportunity to be the first-ever scripted TV series to shoot at Graceland and have access to Elvis' personal archives. Elvis redefined an entire generation's relationship to music and pop culture. This show will be an authentic and riveting look at how that came about from start to finish."
Said Priscilla Presley: "I'm a big fan of Harvey Weinstein's independent films. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with him on this show and tell the story of how Elvis changed the culture of music and initiated a revolution that changed the world."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff