A new perspective on the life of Elvis Presley is coming to a theater near you. THR brings us news that the production company BiteSize has optioned David E. Stanley’s memoir Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice is looking to turn it into a feature film titled Growing Up Graceland. The story will revolve around Stanley, Presley’s stepbrother, who moved into the famous Memphis, TN mansion at the age of 4 and grew up under the guidance of “The King of Rock and Roll” later become an aide to the man in the later years of his life. No director or screenwriter has been announced as of yet.
BiteSize is a new company that just launched last year at the Cannes Film Festival but already has a series of projects in the works, its most interesting being an action franchise based around the life of famed physicist Sir Isaac Newton. You read that right, an action franchise based around the man who developed the “three laws of motion.” That’s so crazy it may just work…or bomb terribly and loudly.
As for Growing Up Graceland, I grew up around Presley fans and eventually became one myself so I’m all for a movie that explores the iconic musician’s life. And since the focus is on the Stanley-Presley relationship itself, there’s a good chance it’ll avoid the usual shortcomings of musician biopics. But casting Elvis is going to be far more difficult than it seems, so I’ll be doubly interested to see who they go with. Not just anyone can be “the King.”
Have you read the source material of Growing Up Graceland? Do you think it presents a unique enough take on the life of Presley to justify a movie?
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming […]
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not […]
Genre film fans are likely familiar with writer Alex Garland‘s output over the last decade and a half. He made his name with a splash when his novel was adapted into the backpacking adventure thriller The Beach in 2000 and struck again with screenplay for 28 Days Later which some credit as the fire that helped reignite […]
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support […]
Latest posts from The Film Stage