An untitled HBO Entertainment documentary from Sony Pictures Television about the life and music of Elvis Presley is wrapping production this month and will debut on a yet-to-be announced date on the network.
Directed by Emmy and Grammy winner Thom Zimny, who has work on multiple Bruce Springsteen documentary and video projects, and written by Alan Light, the three-hour, two-film presentation takes the audience on a comprehensive journey from Presely’s childhood through his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976.
The project focuses on the man and his music, deconstructing why Presley’s sound and style were so revolutionary, exploring why they made him the world’s most legendary musical icon and revealing the cost of the massive success he achieved. The films were produced with the full participation of the Elvis Presley family estate and unprecedented access to Graceland archives facilitated by Authentic Brands Group. Footage includes shots from inside Presley’s iconic home and more than 20 new, primary-source interviews with session players, producers, engineers, directors and others who knew him. The documentary also features never-before-seen photos and footage from private collections worldwide.
“The producers came to HBO and Sony with the idea for a film drawing upon very rare footage that captures Elvis’ musicianship in a new and exciting way,” said Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. “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 films are an HBO Documentary Films Presentation in association with Sony Pictures Television. Landau, Glen Zipper, Priscilla Presley, Jerry Schilling, Andrew Solt, Alan Gasmer and Authentic Brands Group chief Jamie Salter executive produce; Zimny directs and produces; and Zach Russo and Ernst Jorgensen co-produce.