BiteSize Entertainment will adapt David E. Stanley and David Gruder's book about Stanley's relationship with his mentor, the King of Rock 'n' Roll
The King of Rock 'n' Roll is coming back in a new film from BiteSize Entertainment.
Ron Bloom’s multi-platform entertainment studio announced on Tuesday that it will adapt “Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice,” a book detailing David E. Stanley’s 17-year relationship with Elvis Presley, into a feature film.
Stanley moved into Graceland at the age of four, and Elvis, his stepbrother, served as both father figure and mentor. Stanley and David Gruder then turned his story into "Conversations."
Gene Kirkwood and Ross Elliot, who lead BiteSize’s film production studio, will produce the project, which the company has titled “Growing Up Graceland.” In addition to the relationship between Presley and Stanley, the film will delve into the final years of Presley's life.
"When I was a kid, I grew up with Presley, like everyone of my generation," Kirkwood told TheWrap. "I've always wanted to do something on Elvis and over the years everything on him was downtrodden; it awlays showed the dark side."
"I met David Stanley and read his book, which is all about growing up in Graceland — not about drugs or the road. It's how Elvis brought him up. It gave me a chacne to look through the keyhole and be there."
Robert Boris, who wrote films such as "Frank & Jesse," "Electra Glide in Blue" and "Oxford Blues," will adapt the screenplay with Stanley.
Kirkwood described Boris as a journeyman writer, and a "good, old-time screenplay writer" who is great with characters. BiteSize hopes to film in Graceland, though the rights will need to be worked out.
The company launched at Cannes and has since initiated a series of projects, including an action franchise from “The Fast and the Furious” director Rob Cohen and dramedy “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” which will star Colin Firth.