BiteSize Planning Elvis Presley Movie 'Growing Up Graceland'

Elvis Presley

The future King of Rock 'n' Roll was born Jan. 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Miss.; he had an identical twin brother born 35 minutes earlier who was stillborn. The family moved to Memphis in 1948, and five years later, he found his way to Sun Records, where he got his big break in the music industry with a cover of Arthur Crudup's "That's All Right."

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The new entertainment company has optioned David E. Stanley's "Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice," about his 17-year relationship with the singer.

BiteSize Entertainment has optioned the rights to David E. Stanley and Dr. David Gruder’s Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice and plan to adapt it into a movie about Elvis Presley called Growing Up Graceland.

The film will be produced through BiteSize’s feature film production arm, led by Gene Kirkwood and Ross Elliot. The movie will focus on Stanley’s 17-year relationship with Presley, his stepbrother and mentor. Stanley moved into Presley’s home at Graceland when he was 4 years old, and Presley quickly became his father figure. He grew up to become of one Presley’s aides, and Presley is aid to have confided in him his spiritual search for meaning during the final years of his life.

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“After meeting David Stanley, reading his book and listening to his stories, I realized there is another side to the Elvis phenomenon, a bigger story, and one that has never been told," Kirkwood said. "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."     

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Growing Up Graceland is the latest in a slate of feature films in development at BiteSize, the new company run by Ron Bloom that was launched this year in Cannes. BiteSize also is working with director Rob Cohen to develop a new action franchise based on the life of Isaac Newton.

Cohen is writing an original screenplay as well as guiding the design of a graphic novel based on the Renaissance-era physicist, mathematician and alchemist. Additional film projects in the works include the dramedy Mad Dogs and Englishmen – the story of Noel Coward’s two weeks at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955, which will star Colin Firth, and a feature film on former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks, based on the Vanity Fair article “Untangling Rebekah Brooks” by Suzanna Andrews.