By Robyn Collins
Elvis is the focus of a limited series in the works at Weinstein Television, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
TWC closed a deal with Presley’s estate granting it the rights to Presley’s extensive musical catalog, and permission to be the first to shoot in the King’s Graceland home. They have also been granted access to his cars, clothes, archives, personal journals and other items.
Presley’s ex-wife, Priscilla Presley, will executive produce the 8-10 part series, which will be based on Elvis, Dave Marshe’s 1982 book about the singer. She’ll be working with Jerry Schilling, Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser. “I’m a big fan of Harvey Weinstein’s independent films,” Priscilla Presley said Wednesday 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.”
Weinstein added, “To this day, Elvis is one of the few that lives up to the word ‘icon.’ He is 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.'”
This will not be the first TV project to focus on the legendary musician. In 2005, Jonathan Rhys Meyers played Presley in a two-part miniseries for CBS, and won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the superstar.
Presley still stands as the best-selling solo artist of all time, with estimated sales north of $600 million. The singer, who starred in several films of his own at the height of his popularity, died in 1977 at the age of 42.