Martin Scorsese Making Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Story?

Natalie Portman reportedly also interested in the biography of an iconic Hollywood affair.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

We're surprised it took so long: two months after the passing of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor on March 23rd, the Paramount has snatched up the rights to the book Furious Love by Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, with the intention of the developing the film for Martin Scorsese to direct. The book details the tumultuous and once shocking love affair between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, who fell in love on the set of the famed spectacle Cleopatra. Both stars were married at the time, causing their love to be publicly condemned by the Vatican. Oh, what drama!

Deadline also reports that Paramount wasn't the only group pursuing the rights to the Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton story, with Natalie Portman and King's Speech writer David Seidler both expressing interest. Since Paramount's film has neither a screenwriter nor star, it seems plausible – though by no means a sure thing – that both Seidler and Portman could be courted to the production, particularly to work with legendary filmmaker Scorsese, although that's just speculation.

Paramount has already secured the approval of Burton's estate, which will make give the filmmakers access to his library. On a side note, man, nobody has their own library anymore. It's going to suck when Carrot Top passes away someday and we don't have enough of a paper trail to do a proper film version of his life and times.

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