Martin Scorsese eyeing Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton biopic

Film would detail one of Hollywood's most tempestuous love affairs

Martin Scorsese is set to make a film based upon the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

Studio Paramount is finalising a deal to develop a feature based around one of the most tumultuous love affairs in Hollywood history, as a vehicle for the legendary director.

The have optioned the rights for the book Furious Love by biographers Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger, according to

Producers also have a rights agreement with Burton’s estate along with a pledge of co-operation from his widow Sally Hay Burton to make his library available as a resource. They have also approached Taylor‘s estate with the same request.


Interest in the rights to the book has grown following Taylor‘s death in March. She had made many of the love letters Burton had written to her over the years available. The pair met and fell in love on the set of Cleopatra and went through a long and tempestuous romance. They most famously appeared together in the screen version of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?

No details of casting rumours have yet emerged, although a screenwriter will soon be hired.