A new Elvis Presley movie, anyone? Growing up in Graceland, currently in the works and the first major Elvis biopic, is to be based on a book by David E. Stanley, Elvis’ stepbrother, and will focus on the personality of Elvis behind the scenes; “a man who struggled with his fame and ultimately turned to spirituality.”
Stanley lived with Presley for 17 years and thought of Presley as his mentor. Stanley co-wrote the book, Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, several years later. It’s now been optioned by brand new, up-and-coming production company BiteSize Entertainment.
Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977) was easily one of the most popular singers in American history. A cultural icon commonly known by the single name Elvis, he’s also referred to as the “King of Rock and Roll” or simply “the King”. Everyone knows about Elvis. He’s a legend.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke to producer Gene Kirkwood of BiteSize Entertainment:
“After meeting David Stanley, reading his book and listening to his stories, I realized there is another side to the Elvis phenomenon, a bigger story, and one that has never been told. 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.”
Although movies about Presley aren’t exactly anything new, with several TV films popping out over the decades – a true, Hollywood theatrical film has been impossible for many reasons (some of them mentioned here).
Stanley’s take on the story, however, seems to be a way for Hollywood to circumvent some of those rights issues inherent with making such a film and also keep it focused on the more positive side of The King, according to /Film.
Well, we say, bring it on – and hopefully this will come to fruition soon.
Who would you want to see as Elvis in ‘Growing up in Graceland’?