Paramount project a potential directing vehicle for Scorsese

Paramount Pictures is launching development of “Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century,” optioning the story of the tempestuous romanance as a potential directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese.

A Paramount rep confirmed Wednesday that the studio was finalizing a feature rights deal for the tome penned by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger. Project will be produced by Julie Yorn, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff Foster Prods. and Scorsese through his Paramount-based Sikelia shingle.

Taylor and Burton began their romance on the set of “Cleopatra” while both were married to other spouses at the time, triggering a massive wave of of press coverage that lasted for the next 15 years. After both divorced their respective spouses, they were married in 1964, divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975 and divorced again in 1976.

“Furious Love” was written with access to Burton’s diaries and private writings along with the consent of Taylor and Burton’s widow Sally.

Scorsese is in post-production on “Hugo Cabret,” set for release by Paramount on Nov. 23.

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