Company nabs feature rights to Elvis Presley book
Newly minted BiteSize Entertainment is going to Graceland, snapping up feature rights to the David E. Stanley and David Gruder’s Elvis Presley book “Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice.”
BiteSize plans to adapt the book into a feature film titled “Growing Up Graceland.” Pic will be produced through BiteSize’s feature film production arm, headed by Gene Kirkwood (“Rocky”) and Ross Elliot.
Project will be based on Stanley’s “spiritual journey” with Presley, his stepbrother. Stanley moved into Graceland when he was 4 years old and grew up to become one of Presley’s aides. Story will also deal with Presley’s spiritual search for meaning during the years before his death in 1977.
“If Elvis was alive today, in this time of revolution in mass communication, I believe he would be one of the most inspirational individuals in the world,” Kirkwood said.
Los Angeles-based BiteSize announced its launch in May during Cannes and is constructing a studio on Hollywood Boulevard. It is teaming with Rob Cohen to develop an action franchise based on the life of Isaac Newton. The slate Kirkwood unveiled at Cannes includes the dramedy “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” starring Colin Firth as Noel Coward, and a feature film based on the Vanity Fair article “Untangling Rebekah Brooks” by Suzanna Andrews.
Kirkwood’s credits include “New York, New York,” “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” “Gorky Park,” “Ironweed,” “UHF,” “The Idolmaker” and “Get Rich or Die Tryin.”