Thursday, 2 June 2011

Scorsese To Get Back In Director's Seat.

For a man who just wanted to be "an ordinary parish priest", Martin Scorsese blessed the cinema world when he entered into it. And now he may be set to encapsulate audiences yet again with a film about the late Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's tempestuous relationship.

According to Empire Online, Paramount Pictures is buying up the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book "Furious Love" which focuses on the fire-fuelled relationship that sparked between the two actors when they worked together on the film Cleopatra (1963). Their passionate affair however was the demise of two marriages and the pair themselves sounding wedding bells twice.

Paramount would like Scorsese to direct the film and the studio has won a rights agreement with Burton's estate, with his widow Sally Hay Burton to allow access to his library for research purposes and there is apparently a call out to Taylor's estate for a similar deal.

Prior to her death, Taylor had already allowed the authors of Furious Love to see many love letters which were exchanged between the pair, though ironically, no film offers were made. Since then Paramount has had to fight off the likes of Natalie Portman and writer of The King's Speech, David Seidler for the rights.

Funny how times change huh?

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