Scorsese to Direct Big-Screen Biopic of Liz and Dick?

It didn‘t take long for Elizabeth Taylor‘s body to cool. Hollywood Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has optioned the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's showbiz bio Furious Love for Marty to direct. Don’t get your hopes up. I’m still waiting for Gershwin, The Irishman, and Sinatra.

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Both Oscar®-winning actress Natalie Portman and Oscar®-winning screenwriter David Seidler (The King’s Speech) have expressed interest in the project, which is probably what caught Paramount’s eye in the first place. Softball-scribe Seidler would be a perfect fit, but Portman has far too much talent and not enough feminine pulchritude to play Liz. As of yet, there’s been no hint as to who will star as Burton. They are probably still dragging the bars.

Marty is currently in post-production on his 3-D adaptation of the children’s book Hugo Cabret, slated for release later this year. According to IMBD, Marty has at least two projects ahead of him -- the highly personal Silence, in which a pair of Jesuit priests (Daniel Day-Lewis and Benicio Del Toro) spread the gospel of Christianity throughout 17th-century Japan and the Sinatra biopic -- before he gets around to honoring Liz and Dick.

The raging romance between Taylor and Burton is best left for some stargazing television hack to direct, not Marty.

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The problem with the whole project is there isn't an actress around with anything like Liz Taylor's complete package. Natalie Portman... please!

Russell Crowe might be able to pull off Burton.... MIGHT.

These casting difficulties highlight the differences between now and the Liz and Dick era. Movie women were real women back then, and movie men were real men. Now, the leading men are a bit womanish -- small, hairless, kind of apologetic -- and the women look like bodybuilders or olympic swimmers. They're even calling themselves actors instead of actresses.

Russell Crowe might be able to pull off Burton.... MIGHT

Russell Crowe could pull off ANYONE, he is a much better actor than Burton ever was, hands down.

Liz was such a beauty when she was younger, cannot think of anyone today that can match her in the looks department........

I dunno. Sofia Vergara is meaty and vacuous enough to play Liz. As for hambone Burton, is Foster Brooks still alive?

Vergara's gorgeous, but the look isn't right for Liz. Maybe a Sofia Loren biopic.

And why can't America produce another Liz. Angelina tries, but it's all so unnatural looking. Why is it we only produce terminally cute -- to quote Duncan Shepherd -- actresses such as Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Michelle Williams, and the like. When was the last homegrown America REAL WOMAN actress?

Help me out Marks. You too Lickona. I know you're reading this?

Can't help you, Joaquin. I learned a long time ago never to equate beauty with acting ability. Aside from her looks, I never understood the Taylor mystique. She was in a lot of great movies, but Liz was never much of an actress. (She had the Oscar® to prove it.) The last good movie Taylor appeared in was Losey's "Secret Ceremony" (1968). Everything after that is unthinkable. Hitchcock was right: they are all cattle.

Liz Taylor was in "The Flintstones". Enuff said.

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