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Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Music Pioneer Sam Phillips; Launched Elvis, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash & Jerry Lee Lewis


EXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures has acquired the Peter Guralnick book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘N’ Roll. The film will be developed by Appian Way’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson for DiCaprio to play the title character, the pioneering music producer who from the tiny Memphis-based Sun Studio helped make stars of artists as diverse as Elvis Presley, Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins, a force for integration in the 1950s who changed music forever.


DiCaprio and Davisson will be among an array of producers that will include Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn and Guralnick, whose book was published by Little Brown in 2015 and who previously authored the definitive Presley books Last Train To Memphis andCareless Love.


Jagger most recently was executive producer of HBO’s Vinyl, the high-profile, big-budget series that was canceled after one season. The iconic rocker was invaluable in informing that series though and is looked to be a similar asset to the story of Phillips’ iconic Sun Studio.


They will move quickly to set a writer and filmmaker, and this becomes just the latest high-profile project bought by Paramount for Appian Way since the production company signed a first-lookwith the studio. It’s the second big book this week, after Paramount acquired the Beth Macy book Truevine: Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother’s Quest; A True Story Of The Jim Crow South, also as a potential star vehicle for DiCaprio, who hasn’t chosen a next project after winning Best Actor forThe Revenant.

Appian Way has always been bookish, and has another book-to-film adaptation that could be on DiCaprio’s dance card shortly: a Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of the Erik Larson book The Devil In The White City: Murder, Magic And Madness At The Fair That Changed America, which Billy Ray has scripted about the true story of a serial killer who was the 19th century equivalent of Hannibal Lecter. Dr. HH Holmes constructed a slaughterhouse called The World’s Fair Hotel and killed 27 to 200 people while the city of Chicago was enthralled with hosting the World’s Fair of 1893.

The first book acquired for Appian under the Paramount deal was The Corporation: An Epic Story Of The Cuban American Underworld which has Benicio Del Toro attached to star. Appian and Paramount are separately percolating an adaptation of the Kayla Olson novel Sandcastle Empire, about an apocalyptic future with a society on the brink of collapse from climate change; a yet-untitled film based on a book proposal by New York Times journalist Jack Ewing about the recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal; and a limited television series based on A. Scott Berg’s Pulitzer-winning biography of Charles Lindbergh. It also recently acquired rights to the 1990s comic series Captain Planet.


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    Leonardo DiCaprio to Star In, Produce Film About Music Producer Sam Phillips


Paramount and Appain Way have acquired the book 'Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll.'


Leonardo DiCaprio, via his Appian Way banner, will produce a film about music producer Sam Phillips.


Paramount and Appian Way have acquired Peter Guralnick's book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'N' Roll. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will develop the film, with DiCaprio also playing Phillips, the founder of Memphis-based Sun Studio, which worked with stars Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner and Johnny Cash.


Producers include Mick Jagger, Victoria Pearman, Steve Bing, Ian Montone, Rick Yorn and Guralnick.


Appian Way, which signed a first-look deal with Paramount in March, also recently signed on to develop a Captain Planet movie, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported.


DiCaprio, who was last seen as an actor in The Revenant (for which he won the Oscar), is repped by LBI Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.

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Thanks everyone for updates :D


sexy salo@gurlsalo  October 20

my sister was partying with leonardo dicaprio tn & i was partying with jojo were famous

methamfunamine@ReedMccoyOffish   October 21

On a side note I just ran into Leonardo dicaprio in battery park.

Harrison Gilman@harrisongilman   October 21

Shook hands with Leonardo DiCaprio in Chinatown and he called me bud

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