Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic for Warner Bros.


Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic for Warner Bros.

Baz Luhrmann may be moving on from Gatsby to 'The King.'

According to The Wrap, the Oscar-nominated director is in talks with Warner Bros. to helm its upcoming, untitled Elvis Presley biopic, written by FIFTY SHADES OF GREY's Kelly Marcel. Luhrmann has reportedly been in negotations with the studio for "several weeks," though a deal has yet to be solidified.

Per the report:

"Marcel is hard at work writing an original screenplay about Elvis Presley, the hip-gyrating King of Rock and Roll, that will not be based on any pre-existing material. While the project is believed to be a biopic, it's unclear which periods of Presley's life would be depicted in the film."

Born in Sydney, Australia, Luhrmann has captured popular and critical imagination internationally with a diverse range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theatre, and music. Luhrmann is one of Australia's most recognizable creative forces.

His most recent film is the extraordinary 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton.

The director's earlier films include the ambitious epic Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the Oscar-winning Moulin Rouge! (2001) featuring Kidman and Ewan McGregor, his boldly luminous version of William Shakespeare'sRomeo + Juliet (1996), starring DiCaprio and Claire Danes, and the celebrated Strictly Ballroom(1992), starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice.

The soundtrack albums for Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, executive produced by Luhrmann, have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide. Moulin Rouge! won three Golden Globes and received eight Academy Award nominations, with Catherine Martin winning two for Art Direction and Costume Design.

Australia won four AFI Awards. It is the second highest-grossing Australian film of all time. The phenomenally successful Strictly Ballroom was originally conceived by Luhrmann as a short play in 1984 when he was a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He produced an extended version of the play when he formed the experimental ensemble Six Years Old under the auspices of the Sydney Theatre Company in 1988. Catherine Martin was one of the company's designers. Strictly Ballroom drew on Luhrmann's personal experiences of the world of competitive ballroom dancing and was acclaimed by critics and public alike.

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