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Apple Deal With TWC For Elvis Biopic Broken Over Weinstein Issue: Report


Apple has withdrawn its plans to produce a biopic series about legendary singer Elvis Presley in collaboration with The Weinstein Company (TWC) in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against the production house co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

The tech giant terminated the deal with TWC not long after it was signed, Deadline reported quoting sources close to Apple.

The project on the music legend of the last century was taken up by Apple Music a couple of months ago, and was in very early stages.

The New York Times published an investigative report Thursday citing allegations of sexual misconduct by Weinstein stretching over nearly three decades against women in the film industry, his female assistants and employees, resulting in at least eight private settlements.

The 65 year-old movie mogul issued an apology after the article was published.

He acknowledged mistakes he has made, but added that he denies many of the accusations as "patently false."

Monday, TWC board of directors terminated Weinstein's employment with immediate effect.

Now that Apple has dropped out of the project featuring the life and work of the "King of Rock and Roll" , TWC COO David Glasser is moving to tie-up with another network that was an initial bidder, Deadline reported.

The Elvis Presley estate had reportedly given rights to Weinstein Company last year to use all Elvis music and to shoot in his Graceland house to create an eight- to 10-part television series.

Apple has not commented on the reported deal break.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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