Taylor Back On Screen

Martin Scorsese may do a film about the Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton love story, based on last year’s book, Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger (Harper, 6/10), Deadline reports.

Deadline claims that the book “got 100 passes” when it was originally offered for a movie deal, and that Taylor’s death and the resulting media focus on her relationship with Burton changed all that.

Months ago, however, the UK Telegraph reported that Mike Nichols wanted to direct an adaptation of the book, starring Angelina Jolie. There is no news on who Scorsese is considering, but it looks like Jolie is set to play Cleopatra, a role Taylor was famous for, in an adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s biography of the queen directed by David Fincher (The Social Network and the upcoming English-language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).

Scorsese has a few other irons in the fire. He is currently finishing up Hugo Cabret, his first 3D movie, which comes out Nov. 23, He has announced several other possible projects including  Silence, (based on the novel by award-winning Japanese writer, Shusaku Endo), The Irishman, (based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Steve Zaillian), and a Frank Sinatra biopic.

2 Responses to “Taylor Back On Screen”

  1. Desiree Bongers Says:

    Hi, just an FYI that Scorsese is spelled incorrectly in your post. Thanks!

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Thanks so much — corrected now.