Baz Luhrmann in Talks to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic for Warner Bros.

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Coming off of The Great Gatsby, filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has still not yet settled on his next project, and now he’s adding another highly intriguing possibility to the pile.  The Wrap reports that the Moulin Rouge! director is in talks to helm a biopic of The King himself, Elvis Presley, for Warner Bros., with Saving Mr. Banks scribe Kelly Marcel penning the screenplay for the untitled film.  Hit the jump for more on the project and Luhrmann’s upcoming slate.

Screenwriter Kelly Marcel Talks SAVING MR. BANKS, Disney’s Reaction to Her Script, 50 SHADES OF GREY, Leaving TERRA NOVA, and More

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Saving Mr. Banks tells the tale of when Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to his studio in Los Angeles in 1961, to discuss his interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character.  While there, Travers, who had been resistant for 20 years, spent two weeks uncompromisingly fighting every idea and suggestion, on the road to bringing this classic to the big screen.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, screenwriter Kelly Marcel talked about what a daunting task this script was, how she never thought about what would happen to the film if Disney didn’t want to make it, what it was like to wait for the studio’s feedback, her incredible collaboration with director John Lee Hancock (which even included pre and post production), getting to shoot at Disneyland, and having such a great cast of actors bring her words to life.  She also talked about what a crazy whirlwind the last couple of years have been, leaving Terra Nova after she created the show, her collaboration with author E.L. James on the 50 Shades of Grey movie script, and working on The Little Mermaid (from the Hans Christian Andersen book) for director Joe Wright.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY to Be Adapted by Kelly Marcel for Universal and Focus Features

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It was announced earlier today by Fifty Shades of Grey author, E.L. James, that Kelly Marcel would pen the feature adaptation for Universal and Focus Features.   The erotic trilogy tracks the relationship between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and a young business magnate, Christian Grey.  Known for its sexually explicit scenes of BDSM, Fifty Shades of Grey and its follow-up novels have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.  Needless to say, this is a big win for Marcel.  Hit the jump for more on the screenwriter and Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Disney Acquires SAVING MR. BANKS, a Black List Script on the Making of MARY POPPINS

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Disney has picked up Kelly Marcel‘s Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks.  The story centers on how Disney persuaded P.L. Travers sold the studio the rights to make Mary Poppins, and how Travers was dissatisfied with aspects of the film, especially since the story was deeply personal to her.  Per Deadline, “Mary Poppins was highly personal, and reflected hardships in her own life and her relationship with her father, who died when she was 7.”

The movie became one of the biggest hits in Disney’s history, but Travers hated the animated sequences, and she refused to sell any of her other works to Disney (somehow, Disney managed to survive).  Present-day Disney is already looking to make the film a star-studded affair, and according to Deadline, “There have been rumors of the script being considered by Tom Hanks (for Walt Disney) and Meryl Streep (for Travers).  I don’t know if I can buy Hanks as an anti-Semite.

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