Last Train To Memphis - The Movie

Young Guns' writer John Fusco has been hired to tell the story of the King in a new movie. Fusco is adapting the critically acclaimed book written by Peter Guralnick, 'Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley'. The story will focus on Elvis’s formative years up until he entered the Army in 1958. Fox has been trying to pull together a movie based on the book for more than a decade, but now things look like they are coming together as Steve Bing is producing the film.  

Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Feb 18, 2011 
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1 BILLION SOLD (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2011report abuse
You see, the problem is, when someone has to try to impersonate or immitate one's CHARISMA, (especially the amount Elvis had), it just CAN'T be done! Elvis wasnt walking around "trying" to be Elvis...thats just who he was, and it cannot be faked. EVERY actor that has tried to do it always over-does it because its not naturally flowing from them, its an act, and so it looks phoney, and in most cases ridiculous. In my opinion Kurt Russell is also guilty of this, although I like his acting elsewhere, just trying to be Elvis wont work for ANYONE. Maybe they should try and assemble this movie similar to "This Is Elvis" but w/o the Elvis speaking from the grave stuff. There are lots of video & audio clips from his pre army days to assemble an almost "autobiographical" type thing....w/Peter Guralnick on hand, of course. I hope they DO emphasize the pandemonium and mania that Elvis really single-handedly created...teenagers now do not know!
Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2011report abuse
The underlying problem is - and always will be - Elvis is so well known and recognisable, that ANYONE trying to portray him (even the greatest actor in the world) will never manage it.
Lefty (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2011report abuse
Johnny Depp as Elvis? Please God, No. That would be as bad as re-casting Don Johnson in the role.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2011report abuse
It would be wonderful if an actor could conjure a representation of a younger Elvis in the same quality bracket as in the Johnny Cash and Ray Charles biopics. I may live to regret it, but I am hoping desperately that they put together a movie which captures the wonderment Elvis must surely have felt when he began to realise the enormity of his gift, and also the joy felt by the young generation in the 1950s discovering through rock'n'roll music that it was okay to be colourful and have fun. I think the popular view of jump-suited The Wonder Of You Elvis makes it impossible for the public to get at his real genius and achievements - the young guy who assertively challenged the ingrained racism in popular music, alchemised the components of rock'n'roll, and played a major role in establishing a distinctive and discrete teen culture between childhood and adulthood in the West. Please they don't come up with some mawkish, facile nonsense.
WayDownUnder (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2011report abuse
The books need a great screenplay adaptation. Jamie Foxx did it for 'Ray', Joaquin Phoenix did it for 'Walk The Line', two GREAT movies. It's about time someone did it for a great Elvis movie. p.s Johnny Depp is 47!
Emiel Maier (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2011report abuse
Michael St.Gerard has withdrawn from making movies. This is what I found on Wikipedia: "In 1994, after having led a Sunday school class, Michael reportedly had a spiritual awakening and as a result of this decided to retire from the world of acting and now focus on religious instruction. At this point he became a pastor in Harlem, New York. As a pastor he has with his church reached out to mainly inner-city youths and now reportedly does not reflect much on his previous stardom". But I also liked his portrayal of Elvis and taped all ten episodes of this mini-series on video. (Those were the days!).
Harvey Alexander (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2011report abuse
Another non-starter. How many have tried to portray Elvis on the screen? How many have been convincing? The answer is: none of 'em. Next disaster, please.
snowplow floater (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2011report abuse
Even Kurt Russell really only pulled it off as Elvis in the white jumpsuit, saying that he did treat the role with respect. Rhys Meyers managed to kinda look like Elvis especially the Elvis on the cover of GI Blues. Just a good looking guy, no real depth to his role, which is the main problem, most actors exaggerate Elvis' southern drawl and as for imitating his stage moves, well it looks silly when actors even attempt it. Fifties Elvis cannot be recreated by any actor because fifties Elvis is unique. Saying that i reckon Johnny Depp could pull off a seventies Elvis convincingly. Depp is a method actor, really soaks up the persona and delivers it on screen, one only has to watch the great job he did on Hunter S Thompson's, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and he can sing too, Sweeney Tod proves that. I'm sure its the later years he wants to make, because i'm sure he knows the fifties is a no go area, it just cant be done by anybody convincingly, this can be said about 70's Elvis too, but the jumpsuits make it easier.
judy presley (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2011report abuse
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers - no, no, no! This would be an important film with the right team and actors making it - the books are fantastic. Meyers' representation in the clips I saw from the mini-series held no truth or depth for me. Moreover, he does not have a good opinion Elvis the man I have read (which would never do!).
JC┬┤ (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2011report abuse
Benjamin Presley an Johnny Depp are the best to do that.Is my opinion.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2011report abuse
I say just put together a detailed anthology like the Beatles did. The century turned a decade ago, its well overdue.
ElvisCriticsSuck (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 19, 2011report abuse
I don't know, since Kurt Russell"s Performance in 1979, The "Portrayals" have lost their edge. There also hasn't been many Positive portrayals since then, even with Michael St. Gerard's series having 75% fictional incidents. As a Life long Fan, Elvis' Life story is still best portrayed by the man himself. A lot of these Egg-Headed Authors are still trying to understand "Cool".
EP1970 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
I Heard Johnny Depp is the leading candidate... Kurt Russell has been the best thus far (my opinion only).
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
Yes Michael did a great job in the TV show but his career died when the series ended. What happemed to him?
Sylvain (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
I think Michael St Gerard did a great job.
Jamie (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
The Scottish actor David Tennant has been fabulous in everything he's done and has the right look.
ttwiise (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
it's a no brainer Benjamin Presley should play him. He won't need any make up and he is the right age.
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
I've never seen an actor pull off elvis - apart from kurt and don will never be forgiven lol! Trouble is they try to hard when more focus should be put on the production and story telling. I remember that series from the 80's, i wasn't a serious fan then but i really did enjoy that series, wonder why it never made dvd?
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
I hope the great actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers will play Elvis..
little jimmy tompkin (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 18, 2011report abuse
If it's as good as the book we should be in for a fine movie ! Hope Peter Guralnick is involved !

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