Cable heavyweight HBO is currently putting the finishing touches on a soon to be released two-part, three-hour documentary dedicated to the life and music of Elvis Presley.
The documentary will have director Thom Zimny at the helm, with a script written by Alan Light. Zimny has teamed up with HBO previously for two Bruce Springsteen documentaries: 2015’s The Ties That Bind and 2010’s The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town.
Deadline.com has reported that the new documentary, which documents Elvis’ life from his early childhood right up to Presley’s final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976, was endorsed by and had the complete cooperation from the Presley estate.
The film, which is as of yet untitled, will feature never-before-seen photos and footage from inside Presley’s home, “unprecedented access to Graceland archives,” and newly recorded interviews with the musicians, producers, engineers and directors who worked with the legendary singer.
Kary Antholis, president of HBO miniseries, said that: “The producers came to HBO and Sony with their idea for the film and showed that they were drawing upon very rare footage that captures Elvis’ musicianship in a new and exciting way.”
Adding: “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.”
The release date for the Presley documentary is yet to be announced, but for Elvis fans everywhere this looks like a must see.