If Elizabeth Taylor lived to see this…it probably wouldn’t be happening. Following a bidding war spurred by the legendary actress’ death, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has optioned Furious Love, the popular book chronicling the relationship between Taylor and two-time husband Richard Burton. Martin Scorsese is set to direct the film—which will avoid the standard biopic structure to focus solely on their relationship. No casting announcements have been made, though you can bet the competition will get hot if Scorsese’s officially signed.
This isn’t the first time Scorsese’s taken a look back at old Hollywood—on top of 2004′s Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator, Scorsese is set to direct a film on the life of Frank Sinatra, ironically after trying to make a film about Dean Martin with Tom Hanks for years. With the Sinatra film still in pre-production and his two-monks-in-Japan epic Silence still allegedly in the cards, there’s no promise this film is any more certain to arrive than Scorsese’s aborted Theodore Roosevelt film with Leonardo DiCaprio. But unless you think the director’s time would be better spent getting one last mobster epic out of Robert DeNiro, it’s something to look forward to!
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