By Joe Causi
HBO Entertainment and Sony Pictures are a month away from wrapping up production on a currently untitled documentary focused on the life of Elvis Presley.
The documentary will pay close attention to Presley’s life and music, particularly “deconstructing why Presley’s sound and style were so revolutionary, exploring why they made him the world’s most legendary musical icon and revealing the cost of the massive success he achieved,” according to Deadline. Producers were given total access and permission from the Elvis Presley family estate allowing the crew unique access the Graceland archives. Footage for the documentary will includes a look into Presley’s home and about a dozen new interviews from “session players, producers, engineers, directors and others who knew him.”
Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, released the following statement:
“The producers came to HBO and Sony with the idea for a film drawing upon very rare footage that captures Elvis’ musicianship in a new and exciting way… The artistry on display in that footage reminded us of the great work by Jon Landau and Thom Zimny on HBO films documenting the studio artistry of Bruce Springsteen, and we are thrilled to have them at the helm to lend their unique cinematic perspectives to this iconic, complex and singular artist.”
Zimny, an Emmy and Grammy winner whose credits include several Bruce Springsteen projects and The Wire, will direct.
The Presley documentary is currently without an air date.