Paramount is finalizing an option deal to develop a feature based on Furious Love, an account of the public love affair of Hollywood royalty Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. According to Deadline, the studio is pursuing the project as a possible directing vehicle for Martin Scorsese. Paramount reportedly beat out several other suitors, including Natalie Portman and The King’s Speech writer David Seidler, to secure the rights to the book by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger.
Scorsese is in post-production on Hugo Cabret for the November 23 release. The director has collected a number of potential follow-ups: including the hitman drama The Irishman, a Frank Sinatra biopic, and the period adaptation Silence. The story of Taylor and Burton certainly has plenty to offer a man who loves Old Hollywood. Both were married when they met on the set of Cleopatra in 1960 and began the romance. The affair incited endless public scrutiny and swarms of paparazzi for the next decade and a half. Burton and Taylor eventually married in 1964, divorced in 1974, remarried in 1975, and separated for good in 1976. Read the official synopsis for Furious Love after the jump.