Oh, hey there. Here’s some great news to start your day. Paramount optioned Furious Love, a book by Sam Kashner about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and their “torrid and tempestuous romance that is the stuff of a Hollywood legend,” as a potential directing gig for Mr. “torrid and tempestuous” himself: Martin Scorsese. According to Deadline, along with the optioning, fresh Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is rumored to play the late Hollywood icon and The King’s Speech scribe David Seidler might adapt the screenplay — and to all of this we say, “Holy shit.”
Supposedly, Scorsese has been interested in helming a Hollywood drama for some time (he’s currently working on a Frank Sinatra biopic and spent some earlier years in his career trying to get a Dean Martin film off the ground), but this one won’t be a “biopic.” He seems to be more interested in the culture and drama surrounding classic Hollywood affairs — and boy, this one had some drama. Taylor and Burton fell in love on the set of Cleopatra in Italy, divorced their then-significant-others, were condemned by the Vatican, married in 1964, divorced ten years later, remarried one year following that, then divorced a second time, and presumedly had lots of sex throughout the whole thing. In other words — if all of these what-ifs come together, Furious Love is going to be awesome.