Quick -- name the most tempestuous, scandalous love affair and marriage in Hollywood. No, not Brad and Jennifer and Angelina. Did we hear you say Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton? Right. Theirs was a love affair that set the tabloids popping and paparazzi running, and now that Taylor has passed away Paramount Pictures is finalizing a deal to develop a feature about the romance -- with Martin Scorsese at the helm.
According to Deadline, the film will be produced by Julie Yorn, Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff of Krasnoff Foster Productions, and Scorsese through his Paramount-based Sikelia banner. The team has optioned 'Furious Love,' the Sam Kashner / Nancy Schoenberger book about the romance published last year by HarperCollins.
Liz and Dick met on the set of 'Cleopatra' and became a hot number. Taylor (29) had already shocked Hollywood by luring Eddie Fisher (her fourth husband) away from his then-wife Debbie Reynolds. Burton, 36, was married to Sybil Burton. The Liz and Dick affair scandalized not only tinseltown but Europe as well, where it even came to the attention of the Vatican, which condemned the couple. Taylor and Burton divorced their spouses, married in 1964 and had a decade of rough love before divorcing in 1974. They remarried the next year, then divorced again in 1976.
According to Deadline, the producers are moving ahead with the blessing of the Burton family and are negotiating with the Taylor estate.
Is Scorsese finally giving up gangsters to tackle true Hollywood stories? He already has Bob Dylan and Elia Kazan under his belt, and currently he is working on a Frank Sinatra biopic and apparently developing a Dean Martin project. Marty and Liz and Dick. Quite the interesting trio.