Baz Luhrmann has been considering several projects as his follow up to The Great Gatsby. One is the big screen version of the old TV series Kung Fu, a martial arts western. Another is an HBO mini-series about Napoleon based on a script that Stanley Kubrick wrote about the French leader for producer Steven Spielberg.
Now we hear he’s in negotiations to make an Elvis Presley biopic for Warner Bros. This isn’t the first film featuring the singer, who has appeared several times before in the likes of John Carpenter’s TV movie Elvis by Kurt Russell and Don Coscarelli’s wacky Bubba Ho-Tep by Bruce Campbell, though no doubt Luhrmann’s will be the most ambitious project. I enjoy Luhrmann’s work in its over the top glory, and the man’s obvious love for pop music should serve him well for this project, something for which I think he is ideal. The studio has secured the rights to all of the music star’s songs, so there will be full freedom to pick and choose from his back catalogue.
The problem to my mind is that screenwriter Kelly Marcel [also the Fifty Shades Of Grey movie adaptation] is doing the script, an unfortunate choice considering the shoddy, laughably inaccurate script she wrote for the lamentably overrated Saving Mr. Banks. Hopefully she’ll come up with something good this time.