Weinstein Television is developing the first-ever scripted Elvis Presley television biopic to be shot at Graceland, the company announced on Wednesday.
The eight to ten part series will explore every aspect of the King of Rock n’ Roll’s life with access to Elvis’ personal archives including journals, clothing, automobiles and Graceland. The project is based on the 1982 book “Elvis” by author Dave Marsh. Priscilla Presley is attached as an executive producer, and the production is working in full partnership with the Presley Estate. Harvey Weinstein and Jerry Schilling will also exec produce.
“I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s independent films,” said Priscilla. “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.” No network is currently attached to this Elvis project, but it will be soon be discussed.
“We are excited to work with Harvey Weinstein and the team on this special project,” said Jamie Salter, CEO of ABG, “Partnering with producers of this caliber enables us to provide viewers with a new and original experience that is as captivating as the King himself.”
“This project will truly honor everything that made Elvis Presley a central figure of our time. This format enables us to do justice to Elvis’ rich and compelling story, which will be sure to thrill audiences.”
“To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word ‘icon’. It’s an incredible opportunity to be the first-ever scripted TV series to shoot at Graceland and have access to Elvis’ personal archives. Elvis redefined an entire generation’s relationship to music and pop culture. This show will be an authentic and riveting look at how that came about from start to finish.”
The project will be overseen by Megan Spanjian who heads scripted television for TWC.