News Colonel Tom Parker Biopic: IN DEVELOPMENT

Doctor Omega

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Your thoughts on this movie........

Untitled biopic for Warner Bros. Pictures.

Parker discovered Elvis Presley when he was an unknown and became his lone representation. He was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.




 
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Doctor Omega

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Elvis Presley’s Manager Gets A Biopic


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Producers Spencer Proffer and Steve Binder are teaming with “Metallica: Some Kind of Monster” director Joe Berlinger to develop a feature film about Colonel Tom Parker, the manager of late legendary musician Elvis Presley.

Parker arrived in America as a twenty-year-old undocumented Dutch immigrant. Taking great pains to hide his past, Parker became Presley’s manager in 1956 shortly before the singer broke out with the single “Heartbreak Hotel”. He remained in that position until Presley’s death in 1977. Parker died in 1997 at age 87.

The screenplay will be based on Alanna Nash’s book “The Colonel” and the team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger. Nash will co-write the screenplay and production is slated for early 2018.









I must admit, the first I ever heard of Tom Parker was in Albert Goldman's infamous biography of Elvis....

The Colonel does not get off lightly within it's pages....


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Amyghost

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Don't care for either of Goldman's books, on Elvis nor the one on Lennon (Goldman tastes too much like sour grapes in both, IMO), but Parker gets no more than his just desserts in it. That he was a leech who stifled Elvis' possibilities for branching out career-wise, and probably was no small factor in enabling Presley in the lifestyle that eventually killed him is pretty indisputable. Presley ought to have rid himself of Parker's influence early on but apparently couldn't bring himself to do so, and Parker seemingly exploited that weakness on his client's part to the hilt. So no love for the man, though there's no doubt he was an interesting 'character' and might very well make a fairly fascinating subject for a film.
 

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Hanks To Play Elvis’ Manager For Luhrmann


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Tom Hanks is in negotiations to play Elvis Presley’s famed manager Colonel Tom Parker in a Baz Luhrmann-directed untitled biopic for Warner Bros. Pictures.


Parker discovered Presley when he was an unknown and became his lone representation. He was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.

Luhrmann reportedly wants a star for Parker’s part, and a newcomer for the role of Presley with talent meetings already underway.

A budget is reportedly still being ironed out, but Hanks’ commitment will urge the studio to push the project forward. Luhrmann co-wrote the script with Craig Pearce and aims to shoot sometime this year.
 
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