Elvis To Get The Big Screen Treatment In Growing Up Graceland
While many great musicians have gotten the biopic treatment over the last few years, from Johnny Cash to Ray Charles, now it looks like it’s time for The King’s turn. BiteSize Entertainment, a production company that launched this past may during the Cannes Film Festival, has picked up the rights to the Elvis Presley book “Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice,” which was written by David E. Stanley and David Gruder.
Set to be titled Growing Up Graceland, the movie will tell Elvis’ story through Stanley’s eyes, as the author also happened to be the icon’s stepbrother. Stanley grew up in Graceland from the age of four and was one of Elvis’ aides during his music career. The story will also cover “Presley's spiritual search for meaning during the years before his death.” The project is actually the second Elvis biopic to be floated in Hollywood, as just last year it was announced that documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld was working on a project about the singer titled Fame & Fortune. The status of that project is unknown.
According to Variety, Gene Kirkwood, BiteSize’s head of film production, said of the project, “If Elvis was alive today, in this time of revolution in mass communication, I believe he would be one of the most inspirational individuals in the world."
So here’s the big question: who would you want to see play The King on the big screen? Tell us your picks in the comments section below.
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