Director Kevin MacDonald Eyes Elvis Biopic For Fox, Mick Jagger (EXCLUSIVE)


Steven Bing's Shangri-La shingle will also produce pic based on Peter Guralnick

“Last King of Scotland” director Kevin MacDonald is on board to direct the Elvis Presley biopicLast Train to Memphis” for Fox 2000.

Based on the 1995 Peter Guralnick biography, the film chronicles Presley’s early years and his transformation from a high school kid to an overnight sensation credited with ushering in a radical new era in music.

Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce through their Jagged Films banner along with Steven Bing, who will produce through his Shangri-La shingle. John Fusco is adapting the script.

The studio along with MacDonald (pictured above) and the producers will now begin searching for the young Presley, starting with a recently-launched website Young Elvis Presley where actors can submit audition tapes singing six to eight bars of any Presley song.

Jagger has been championing musical biopics lately, clearly a natural fit for the seasoned rocker. He’s also producing the untitled James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman. He’s also helping to shepherd a 1970s-set music biz drama at HBO with Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese.

Fox 2000 is also no stranger to biopics on music icons — Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line” scored at the box office and at the Oscars, scoring Reese Witherspoon a best actress win.

The WME-repped MacDonald most recently helmed another musical icon bio, docu “Marley.”

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  1. Any says:

    Elvis is a complex person That makes his character more rich and sustentodo for any Director, Receives only need a genius to know to take advantage of this, you can make a movie in every Real presley echos without forgetting anything .. would be nice if the movie does not end at the stage When the army is elvis is like cutting his life and career, it would be nice to do all phases of Elvis to the end. the book “Last Train to Memphis” is very good but stayed in the middle I want to see entertained by the history of presley

  2. maggy says:

    que experiencia tienen Jagger para producir una película?

  3. Great performer great book great director, but who can they get to play elvis and not be cheesy their is of course only one elvis

  4. Subramanian Muthuraman says:


  5. namerequired says:

    we need another elvis bio pic like we need another party branch of the republicans.

    • Who’s “we”? (LOL) Judging by the numbers of people who have gone TOTALLY out of their way, and that entails travel by plane, boat, train, bus, whatever, to visit the home of Elvis Presley before and after he passed away, I’d say 1 million and over 18 million, respectively, and that includes heads of State, and of Government, as well as megacelebrities in every corner of the world, and of every profession, creed and race, I’d say that your assesment of whether the first major biopic fosussing on the early accomplishments of the most celebrated American in the second half of the XXth Century is NOT necessary is, frankly, way off the mark. You can’ be more Papal than the Pope…..

      • Contemplate, if you must, what advantages that are there for the producer, and director, as to the movie’s possible national and worldwide gross. With close to 19 millon paying visitors to his home, to date, at an average of US$35 dollars a pop (three and a half times the cost of a movie ticket, at least), this represents US$ 665,000,000 in gross earnings. If only 2 out of 10 Graceland visitors pay their US$10 to see the biopic, this means an assured US$130 million at the box office. So, all they have to do to make money is to limit the cost of the movie to, say, hire an unknown to play him, then limit the cost of the movie to about US$30 million to make a cool $100 million in profits out of it. If, in the process, they also happen to make a movie that finally explains, why on earth this guys keeps popping up, 36 years after he passed away, then that would be icing on the cake. But they have to make the young, extremely likeable Elvis, as likeable in the eyes of people who don’t know what he really went through, to effect the changes that he did, inadvertantly as they may have been, but he did effect them. And his Army stint, where the movie ends, should also make it clear to today;s audience, how this affected him, personally and professionally and the problems he encountered along the way. Because the drat is no longer an issue, he was also the first and remains to date, the only musician to serve his country for an extented time at the absolute zenith of his career. And that had a huge price…

  6. A film bio-pict of Elvis Presley is a complicated compound of psychology and celebrity (as is very much the case with a similar bio-pict of Marvin Gaye, and the one proposed for Richard Pryor).

    If these movies are developed with far too much fealty for the subjects –and their fans– the films will suffer greatly. Presley (like Gaye, Pryor, James Brown, etc.) has this wonderful opportunity to matter as both “musical” and insightful drama into the lives of creative artists and what makes them so.

    Let’s hope so.

  7. Jim says:


    Produce a movie on Keith!!!!

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