An upcoming biographical miniseries about Elvis Presley will be the first such scripted work to shoot at the music legend’s storied Memphis, Tennessee, estate, Graceland.
Weinstein Television, a division of independent-film producer The Weinstein Co., said Wednesday that it was adapting Dave Marsh’s 1982 book, “Elvis,” into an eight- to 10-episode biographical drama for which Presley’s estate is also allowing use of the singer’s songs and personal items, including cars and clothing.
“I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s independent films,” Priscilla Presley, the late singer’s ex-wife, who will serve as an executive producer, said in a statement. “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.”
Company principal Harvey Weinstein called Presley, “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.’ ”
Past Presley biographies include director John Carpenter’s 1979 TV movie “Elvis,” starring Kurt Russell as the fabled singer of “All Shook Up,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Love Me Tender,” “Suspicious Minds” and countless other hits. Jonathan Rhys Meyers won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Presley in the 2005 CBS miniseries “Elvis.”