Eric Bana, Danny Huston to star in pic
K5 Intl. has picked up international rights to Benaroya Pictures’ “Elvis and Nixon,” with Eric Bana to star as Elvis Presley and Danny Huston as Richard Nixon.
K5 made the announcement Tuesday at the American Film Market.
“Elvis” marks the directorial debut of Cary Elwes. Producers are Michael Benaroya of Benaroya Pictures and Holly Wiersma, with Bana’s Pick Up Truck Prods. exec producing.
Pic’s the story about Presley visiting Nixon at the White House in December 1970. The meeting was initiated by Presley, who wrote Nixon a six-page letter requesting a visit and suggesting that he be made a “federal agent-at-large” in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.
Elwes, Joey Sagal and Hanala Sagal wrote the screenplay. The production will lense in Shreveport, La., and Los Angeles.
Benaroya’s “Margin Call” was recently released by Roadside Attractions, and it recently completed production on “The Words,” starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons and Dennis Quaid. The Weinstein Co. recently acquired Benaroya’s “The Wettest County in the World” for a spring release.