First, Variety reported that "Last Train to Memphis," an Elvis Presley biopic, is going to be directed by Kevin Macdonald. The movie will be released by Fox 2000 on a date to be announced. According to Variety: "Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce through their Jagged Films banner along with Steven Bing, who will produce through his Shangri-La shingle. John Fusco is adapting the script." The search is on to find the actor who will play Presley in the movie. Actors can submit submit audition videos by singing six to eight bars of any Presley song at the Young Elvis Casting website.
Meanwhile, the still-untitled TV series that Jagger and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese are executive producing for HBO has hired writers Brian Koppelman and David Levien ("Ocean’s Thirteen," "Runner Runner") to write and direct episodes of the show if HBO picks up the show for a series, according to Deadline. "Boardwalk Empire" executive producers Scorsese and Terence Winter are involved in the show's pilot episode, which Winter has reportedly written and Scorsese has committed to direct. According to Deadline: "Scorsese, Jagger, Winter, Jagged Films’ Victoria Pearman, Sikelia president Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Rick Yorn are executive producers."
Emmy-winning actor Bobby Cannavale ("Boardwalk Empire") is attached to star in the Jagger-produced TV series. According to Deadline: "The project follows the exploits of Richie (Cannavale), a cocaine-fueled record exec in New York City circa 1977, when punk, disco and a new form of music called hip-hop collided. Richie is a talented A&R guy who is elevated to run a big label, even though he thinks he’s better suited to focusing on day-to-day music matters."
News about the still-untitled TV series, which focuses on the rock-music industry, first broke in July 2010, when it was initially reported that the series was tentatively titled "A History of Music," and it would be about two friends and their 40 years in the music industry together. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Winter completed and turned in the pilot episode's script to HBO in 2011
Jagger's previous foray into executive producing a TV series was the short-lived 2007 sitcom "The Knights of Prosperity," which aired in the U.S. on ABC.
And finally, the James Brown biopic "Get on Up" that Jagged Films is producing has cast the star of the movie: Chadwick Boseman will portray Brown, according to Deadline. Boseman starred as baseball icon Jackie Robinson in the 2013 hit movie "42." Universal Pictures will release "Get on Up" on Oct. 17, 2014. "Get on Up" is directed by Tate Taylor, who directed the 2011 award-winning blockbuster "The Help."
As previously reported, Jagger and Pearman will produce the movie through Jagged Films, while Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce through Imagine Entertainment. The "Get on Up" screenplay was written by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, who co-wrote the 2010 movie "Fair Game."