I am thrilled to announce that the Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival has named my thriller The Elvis Conspiracy its winner for Best Screenplay. What a huge honor!
Perfect for movie fans craving a new approach to the legend of Elvis Pressley, The Elvis Conspiracy combines facts with conspiracy theories to tell a very engaging, entire unique story of Elvis’ manager Col. Tom Parker.
“This conspiracy story is done very well. By using real events that occurred throughout Elvis’s life and connecting him with his real manager, the story is VERY believable,” says Barnstorm in its coverage of the screenplay that promises to appeal to fans of filmmakers Quentin Tarantino, Oliver Stone, and Baz Luhrmann.
The Elvis Conspiracy poses the question: What if there was more to the legend of Elvis than we know? What if Col. Parker made the whole thing up?
Described as “alternate history”, The Elvis Conspiracy follows Col Tom Parker as he transforms from small time carnival barker to star maker when he creates the icon Elvis Presley; meanwhile a relentless investigative reporter tries to uncover the truth behind what might be the greatest swindle in entertainment history. Think of it as The Da Vinci Code meets Eddie and the Cruisers.
Other examples of alternate history stories include Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Forrest Gump, and Fatherland. It is a unique and fascinating genre.
I originally came up with the idea for The Elvis Conspiracy with intention of playing the role of young Elvis, with John Travolta as the older Elvis. I’m too old to play young Elvis now, but that allows me to focus on the material purely as writer. I think that’s what took it from being just a cool idea to being an award-winning screenplay.
Not only is it a fresh take on the Elvis story in general, it is also unique that the focus is on Col. Parker, with Elvis being a supporting role.
With the right actors there are two award-worthy roles in script. The actor playing Col. Parker should be a contender for Best Actor. In Best Supporting Actor category, the actor playing Elvis should draw favor for creating three entirely different characterizations of the heartthrob.
So – what’s next? Well, I’d love to see this made into a feature film or a limited series. Perhaps you are interested.
My literary agent recently retired and closed her agency. As a result, I’m open to hearing from agents, producers, and other entertainment industry personnel. You can contact me through Jesse Hyde at Truth & Justice: JesseHydeTAJE@gmail.com or through the Contact feature on this website.
This is an exciting time. Here’s to hoping the momentum continues to build.
Peace. Love. Trust.
Rikki Lee Travolta
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