Magazine article Screen International

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic Set to Go into Production

Magazine article Screen International

Elvis Presley Manager Biopic Set to Go into Production

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Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, Joe Berlinger join forces for 2018 production start on ‘The Colonel’.

Music and media producer Spencer Proffer, producer-director Steve Binder and filmmaker Joe Berlinger have teamed up to bring the profile of long-time music manager Colonel Tom Parker to the big screen.

Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87, was a music business entrepreneur who lived an intriguing personal life. He arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. According to biographer Alanna Nash, he may have been involved in a murder in his native Holland.

Berlinger will direct from a screenplay based on Nash’s 2003 book The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story Of Colonel Tom Parker And Elvis Presley, published by Simon & Schuster. It was one of four books Nash authored on Presley.

The team will work from an outline developed by Nash and Berlinger, and Nash will co-write the screenplay.

Berlinger is producing through his Third Eye Motion Picture Company and Proffer via his Meteor 17 alongside Binder.

Berlinger’s credits include Brother’s Keeper, the Paradise Lost trilogy, Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster, Crude, and Under African Skies, and his most recent film Intent To Destroy.

Berlinger is currently in pre-production for the feature Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron.

“I have wanted to work with Joe for years, given his unique filmmaker’s eye toward marrying music-anchored stories with dramatic storytelling,” Proffer said. …

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