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Elvis Presley documentary in the works at HBO

A two-part, three-hour documentary about the life of American music icon Elvis Presely is coming to HBO. Sony Pictures Television and HBO Documentary Films are completing production on the as-yet untitled ...
November 15, 2016

A two-part, three-hour documentary about the life of American music icon Elvis Presely is coming to HBO.

Sony Pictures Television and HBO Documentary Films are completing production on the as-yet untitled project this month. An air date has not been announced.

Thom Zimny, who helmed the Bruce Springsteen docs Ties That Bind and The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town, is directing based on a script by Alan Light. The doc looks at Presley’s life and deconstructs how his sound and style became so enduring.

Producers have the full participation of the Elvis Presley family estate and were granted access to Graceland archives, facilitated by Authentic Brands Group.

The film will include “stunning atmospheric” shots inside Presley’s home, never-before-seen archival photos and footage, as well as more than 20 new interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and others.

“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,” said Kary Antholis, president of HBO miniseries and Cinemax programming, in a statement. “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.”

Executive producers on the doc are Jon Landau, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Jamie Salter, chairman and CEO, Authentic Brands Group. Zimney is also producing, and Zach Russo and Ernst Jorgensen serve as co-producers.

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