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GROWING UP IN GRACELAND - New Elvis Presley Film

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Looks like we might be getting a movie about Elvis Presley sometime in the near future. BiteSize Entertainment just acquired the rights to a book about him called Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, which was written by David E. Stanley and Dr. David Gruder. 

According to THR the movie "will focus on Stanley’s 17-year relationship with Presley, his stepbrother and mentor. Stanley moved into Presley’s home at Graceland when he was 4 years old, and Presley quickly became his father figure. He grew up to become of one Presley’s aides, and Presley is said to have confided in him his spiritual search for meaning during the final years of his life." Producer Gene Kirkwood had this to say in a statement,

After meeting David Stanley, reading his book and listening to his stories, I realized there is another side to the Elvis phenomenon, a bigger story, and one that has never been told. If Elvis was alive today, in this time of revolution in mass communication, I believe he would be one of the most inspirational individuals in the world.

It's kind of crazy to think about what kind of influence Elvis would have on the world today if he was still alive. It will be neat to see a movie about Elvis that tells us a different kind of story of what could have been if Elvis had lived. A story that will show us the direction he was headed in his life.

The same production company working on this movie is also working on developing director Rob Cohen's Isaac Newton action film.

Here's a description of the book:

Closing the gap between the higher wisdom that comes through us and our everyday behavior is perhaps today's biggest spiritual challenge. Elvis Presley was the first and most famous "canary in the coal mine" with this issue. Long before Michael Jackson, his legendary life and death warned the world about how important it is to deal with this challenge, with open eyes, heart and spirit. This new archetype of spiritual development that emerged in the 20th century may be Elvis's biggest legacy of all; arguable greater than his enduring popularity as an entertainer. This may well be the secret key that unlocks the mystery of why his legend continues to endure so strongly all these decades after his death. David E. Stanley, along with psychologist and integrity expert Dr. David S. Gruder, illuminate these details in this profound and timely book chroniling Stanley's seventeen-year spiritual journey with his stepbrother and mentor Elvis Presley. "Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice" reveals the Elvis that few knew and all can learn from - Elvis the mystic and healer.

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