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Baz Luhrmann in talks to helm Elvis Presley biopic for Warner Bros

04.30.2014

Baz Luhrmann's films have always embraced music in a very unique way. Like Quentin Tarantino, Luhrmann's films have a tendency to be anachronistic to the visuals on screen but they always seem to work. Whether it be a modern setting for ROMEO + JULIET, the jukebox tunes for MOULIN ROUGE, or the modern tunes in THE GREAT GATSBY, Luhrmann has pulled from all genres to make his films. But, what would happen if he told the story of one specific musical artist and had access to their music to boot?

We may find out as The Wrap says Luhrmann is in negotiations to helm Warner Bros biopic of Elvis Presley. The film will be an original screenplay by Kelly Marcel (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY) and not be based on existing books on The King. It is unknown if it will follow a specific period in the life of the rock and roll superstar or tell his entire story from birth to death.

Elvis has been the subject of several movies and television films that have starred Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Kurt Russell, but this project may be the biggest project to date. Luhrmann would definitely embrace Elvis' showmanship and stage his songs in an original manner, but it remains to be seen if this will get made. Luhrmann is also linked with a big screen version of the TV series KUNG FU and an HBO mini-series based on Stanley Kubrick's unproduced NAPOLEON. Hopefully we get to see all three.

Extra Tidbit: Damn it, now I want to watch 3000 MILES TO GRACELAND...
Source: The Wrap

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11:43AM on 05/01/2014
I wonder if this is different than "Last Train To Memphis" a elvis biopic about his younger life that was having a nation wide casting call for someone 18-21 to portray young elvis...
I wonder if this is different than "Last Train To Memphis" a elvis biopic about his younger life that was having a nation wide casting call for someone 18-21 to portray young elvis...
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10:10AM on 05/01/2014

No Thank you, no thank you very much

Yeah I can just see his vision after he ruined The Great Gatsby. Elvis dancing to Snoop Dog and Jay Z. Then finally belting out. " Yeah yeah, unn unn I'm all f&^%$# Shooked up. Pass!
Yeah I can just see his vision after he ruined The Great Gatsby. Elvis dancing to Snoop Dog and Jay Z. Then finally belting out. " Yeah yeah, unn unn I'm all f&^%$# Shooked up. Pass!
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1:51AM on 05/01/2014

INT. BAZ LUHRMANN BROWSES HIS PHONE BOOK

Baz Luhrmann: Hi Leo! How you've been? Yeah..yeah, thats well and good... Look, you and I go way back and I know you've played Howard Hughes, J. Edger Hoover and that whats-his-face Wall Street guy but boy, do I have THE project for you!... No, that Kung Fu movie but if you're interested we can always talk..
Baz Luhrmann: Hi Leo! How you've been? Yeah..yeah, thats well and good... Look, you and I go way back and I know you've played Howard Hughes, J. Edger Hoover and that whats-his-face Wall Street guy but boy, do I have THE project for you!... No, that Kung Fu movie but if you're interested we can always talk..
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6:10PM on 04/30/2014
I would like to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers get another chance at playing Elvis.
I would like to see Jonathan Rhys Meyers get another chance at playing Elvis.
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5:30PM on 04/30/2014
I think Baz would be the perfect choice.
I think Baz would be the perfect choice.
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4:12PM on 04/30/2014
Wonder if this will be different than any other music bio out there. Singer get success, can't deal with success, turns to drugs, dies young. Hmm. Haven't seen that one before.
Wonder if this will be different than any other music bio out there. Singer get success, can't deal with success, turns to drugs, dies young. Hmm. Haven't seen that one before.
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