3 Septembre 2013
Steven Bing's Shangri-La shingle will also produce pic based on Peter Guralnick.
“Last King of Scotland” director Kevin MacDonald is on board to direct the Elvis Presley biopic “Last Train to Memphis” for Fox 2000.
This story first appeared in the September 10, 2013 issue of Variety. Subscribe today.
Based on the 1995 Peter Guralnick biography, the film chronicles Presley’s early years and his transformation from a high school kid to an overnight sensation credited with ushering in a radical new era in music.
Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce through their Jagged Films banner along with Steven Bing, who will produce through his Shangri-La shingle. John Fusco is adapting the script.
The studio along with MacDonald (pictured above) and the producers will now begin searching for the young Presley, starting with a recently-launched website Young Elvis Presley where actors can submit audition tapes singing six to eight bars of any Presley song.
Jagger has been championing musical biopics lately, clearly a natural fit for the seasoned rocker. He’s also producing the untitled James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman. He’s also helping to shepherd a 1970s-set music biz drama at HBO with Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese.
Fox 2000 is also no stranger to biopics on music icons — Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” scored at the box office and at the Oscars, scoring Reese Witherspoon a best actress win.
The WME-repped MacDonald most recently helmed another musical icon bio, docu “Marley.”