Filmmakers to create ‘My Summer with Elvis’

lifestyle_entertainmentBy Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – The story of a girl’s summer with a young Elvis Presley is making its way to the big screen.

The independent film company Ghost Rider Pictures is working on “My Summer with Elvis,” based on a book by Mississippian Mimi Brower that recalls a summer she spent getting to know a young Elvis.

A screenplay has been written, and filmmakers are currently casting.

“The book is just the jumping-off point for the screenplay,” said Rick Guy, who wrote the screenplay, along with Steve Scaffidi of Ghost Rider, which is based in New Orleans. “The story is based on (Brower), who had the fortune of having a cousin who just happened to be the next door neighbor to a 14-year-old kid with a guitar named Elvis.”

Guy hopes the film will be shot in Mississippi and Louisiana, and maybe Memphis, where much of the film takes place. However, if cheaper shooting locations are an option, they may have to shoot elsewhere, he said.

Because the project is so early in the development phase, it could be a few years before it’s finished.

“We think we’ve got a really good story, and we hope people will see the potential,” he said. “It was fun to write. It’s teenagers in love.”

Audiences can follow the progress of the film at ghostriderpictures.com/elvissynopsis.html or at facebook.com/mysummerwithelvis.

sheena.barnett@journalinc.com