Par reheats ‘King Creole’

Pic is set in contemporary New Orleans

Paramount Pictures is looking to bring back more of Elvis Presley, whose disc of 30 No. 1 hits debuts today.

Studio has tapped scribe Grant Morris to pen an updated version of its 1958 Presley starrer “King Creole” for Sean Daniel and Jim Jacks to produce through their Alphaville shingle.

The original pic, based on the Harold Robbins novel “A Stone for Danny Fisher,” revolved around a delinquent who takes a job as a dishwasher in a New Orleans nightclub and gets the chance to perform one night. “King Creole,” directed by Michael Curtiz and featuring Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau and Dean Jagger, was Presley’s last feature before his Army service and is regarded by critics as one of his better films.

Current project will tap into the source material while being set in contemporary New Orleans with the lead actor striving to become a rock star.

Morris, repped by WMA and managed by David List of Road Dog Industries, has also been attached to Miramax’s remake of “Everybody’s Famous” and “The Comeback,” directed by Roger Deakins and produced by List and Billy Bob Thornton.

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