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Scorsese to make Elizabeth Taylor biopic?

Jun. 2, 2011by: Mike Sampson

After filming both his first kids movie and his first 3D movie in one fell swoop, Martin Scorsese may be looking to make his first love story. Paramount is developing a movie based on "Furious Love," the biography about the love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton with Scorsese attached to direct.

Scorsese and Paramount beat out other bidders for the property including, most notably, Natalie Portman who was looking to star, and recent Oscar-winner David Seidler (THE KING'S SPEECH). The film's producers have already struck a deal with Burton's widow and are working on finalizing a deal with Taylor's estate.

I won't get into the whole Burton/Taylor affair here (this is a good, albeit brief, refresher) but rest assured it's got all the things good Hollywood movies are made of - love, drama, booze, scandal, resentment, etc.

But the question is, will Scorsese ever actually make the film? He's long wanted to make an old-Hollywood movie and has been developing a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin biopics. Would he scrap both of those he's been working on for so long to work on a brand new project? Possibly, but he's also wrapping HUGO CABRET, filming SILENCE next and then teaming with Lars von Trier for THE FIVE OBSTRUCTIONS.

But like it or not, Scorsese has become more of a director-for-hire in recent years (see both SHUTTER ISLAND and HUGO CABRET) than an auteur. This is not meant to diminish his skills as a director just that he's not making his own movies anymore, he's making studio movies and perhaps this Taylor/Burton biopic will be a part of that new process...

Source: Deadline

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10:52PM on 11/13/2012
Wasn't New York New York a love story ?
Wasn't New York New York a love story ?
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5:16PM on 06/07/2011
I predict that this is going to be terrible.
I predict that this is going to be terrible.
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1:00AM on 06/03/2011
Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly should reunite for this.
Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly should reunite for this.
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8:54PM on 06/02/2011
first off this wouldnt be scorseses first romance picture. secondly ill see anything he does because hes such a great director.
first off this wouldnt be scorseses first romance picture. secondly ill see anything he does because hes such a great director.
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5:24PM on 06/02/2011
Not that she doesn't deserve a biopic, because she absolutely does, but isn't it a little soon to be planning one already?
Not that she doesn't deserve a biopic, because she absolutely does, but isn't it a little soon to be planning one already?
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1:49PM on 06/02/2011
Great, another Scorsese film about male bravado and unhealthy relationships. I wonder what it'll be like.

BURTON: You dirty fucking cunt! You couldn't fucking stay away from the fucking bottle if it were on fucking fire, you fuck!
TAYLOR: Fuck you! Maybe I wouldn't fucking drink so fucking much if you didn't fuck every fucking pussy in Hollywood, you fucking coward-fuck-bastard motherfucker!
BURTON: I'M GONNA WALLOP YA ONE, YA HEAR!?!?!

Nevermind, I'd totally watch that.
Great, another Scorsese film about male bravado and unhealthy relationships. I wonder what it'll be like.

BURTON: You dirty fucking cunt! You couldn't fucking stay away from the fucking bottle if it were on fucking fire, you fuck!
TAYLOR: Fuck you! Maybe I wouldn't fucking drink so fucking much if you didn't fuck every fucking pussy in Hollywood, you fucking coward-fuck-bastard motherfucker!
BURTON: I'M GONNA WALLOP YA ONE, YA HEAR!?!?!

Nevermind, I'd totally watch that.
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2:06PM on 06/02/2011
One of the worst attempts at humour I've ever read in these "strikebacks." Don't quit the dayjob, Sparky.
One of the worst attempts at humour I've ever read in these "strikebacks." Don't quit the dayjob, Sparky.
2:17PM on 06/02/2011
I don't have a dayjob.
I don't have a dayjob.
2:17PM on 06/02/2011
Hoping to get a gig writing this film, though.
Hoping to get a gig writing this film, though.
12:02PM on 06/02/2011
Where the hell is The Irishman!?!?! This should be top priority!
Where the hell is The Irishman!?!?! This should be top priority!
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10:49AM on 06/02/2011
As usual, a terrible idea to involve Scorsese when it comes to real-life people. There's going to be so many unrecognizable liberties taken, from their IRREPLICABLE appearances (to say nothing of accents) that he'd almost laughably attempt to recreate - and that's not even getting into their PERSONALITIES! The ONLY actress qualified to play Elizabeth Taylor DIED on March 23rd! And Richard Burton? Nope, sorry, his best rendition would have been made sometime before August 5, 1984. THESE
As usual, a terrible idea to involve Scorsese when it comes to real-life people. There's going to be so many unrecognizable liberties taken, from their IRREPLICABLE appearances (to say nothing of accents) that he'd almost laughably attempt to recreate - and that's not even getting into their PERSONALITIES! The ONLY actress qualified to play Elizabeth Taylor DIED on March 23rd! And Richard Burton? Nope, sorry, his best rendition would have been made sometime before August 5, 1984. THESE PEOPLE ARE IRREPLICABLE, and as such, any attempt by Scorsese or anyone else to portray them is just plain pathetic. No, I'm not sorry... *FAIL*
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11:16AM on 06/02/2011
I tend to agree that movies about movie stars are generally a bad idea. the Aviator wasn't terrible, but Howard Hughes wasn't a movie star so his personality wasn't so well-documented. I feel similarly about the Rat Pack movie, as it's next to impossible to find a suitable Frank Sinatra. This all can be done, but is better left to [link]
I tend to agree that movies about movie stars are generally a bad idea. the Aviator wasn't terrible, but Howard Hughes wasn't a movie star so his personality wasn't so well-documented. I feel similarly about the Rat Pack movie, as it's next to impossible to find a suitable Frank Sinatra. This all can be done, but is better left to [link]
12:21PM on 06/02/2011
Henry Hill was a real-life person.

Jake LaMotta was a real-life person.

Casino is deeply based in non-fiction.

he didn't fuck those up.
Henry Hill was a real-life person.

Jake LaMotta was a real-life person.

Casino is deeply based in non-fiction.

he didn't fuck those up.
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