San Francisco: Apple has scrapped a deal with Weinstein Company for a Elvis Presley biopic series after producer Harvey Weinstein was fired from the company he co-founded.
Weinstein was asked to leave after a New York Times investigation detailed numerous incidents of alleged sexual harassment by the media mogul.
The Elvis project was in very early stages, sources said
Weinstein Television had partnered with the Elvis Presley estate in 2016 to create an eight-to-10-part television biopic
The idea was about a “biopic series, but there was an idea to grow that into an anthology franchise with Prince and Michael Jackson eyed as subjects in subsequent instalments”.
Weinstein’s first major success came at Miramax Films, where he and his brother Bob championed prestige films and set a new bar while running awards campaigns by throwing expensive events in an attempt to lure voters.
Weinstein’s approach helped “Shakespeare in Love” unexpectedly earn Oscars for best picture over Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” in 1999.
The Weinsteins sold Miramax to Disney in 1993 and they left the company in 2005 to start The Weinstein Company.
There, the company saw success with films like “Silver Linings Playbook,” “The King’s Speech” and “Django Unchained”.
The company’s recent films include “Lion”, “Gold” and “Wind River”.