Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: Zach Galifianakis Takes On Brad Pitt In Latest 'Between Two Ferns' Plus Louis C.K. Stops By Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: First Trailer For 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron,' Brings Mass Destruction Along With Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Watch: 'Star Wars' Prequels Recut Into 2 Hour 40 Minute 'Turn to the Darkside: Episode 3.1' Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Edward Norton Says He Didn't Return To Play Hulk Because He Wanted More "Diversity" In His Film Roles Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Oscar Buzz: Who Could Be Set For Nods In The Supporting Actress Race? Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Juliette Binoche Says Her Performance In 'Godzilla' Made Quentin Tarantino Cry Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer Listen To Chvrches "Get Away" From The Rescored Version Of Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Drive' Plus Check Out The Trailer The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances The Essentials: The 10 Best Michael Keaton Performances George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" George Lucas Says Studios "Don't Have Any Imagination And Don't Have Any Talent" Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 7 ‘Friendless Child’ Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen Watch: Baz Luhrmann's Chanel No. 5 Short Film "The One That I Want" Starring Gisele Bündchen WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Gone Girls And Gone Boys: 11 Films That Dissect Marriage Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Helena Bonham Carter & Dominic West To Play Richard Burton & Elizabeth Taylor In 'Burton & Taylor'

The Playlist By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 12, 2013 at 9:25AM

There are few movie stars of the classic era who continue to captivate -- perhaps for more salacious reasons -- than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Their relationship was tabloid fodder at the time, and since then, people have continued to be fascinated by their on-screen pairings and their off-screen ups and downs, which included being married twice in less than two years. Last year, we saw what a cheapie version of this story looks like with the Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler-starring "Liz & Dick," and while we wait to see what Paramount does with the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book "Furious Love," across the pond the tale is being tackled.
0
Elizabeth Taylor Richard Burton Helena Bonham Carter Dominic West

There are few movie stars of the classic era who continue to captivate -- perhaps for more salacious reasons -- than Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. Their relationship was tabloid fodder at the time, and since then, people have continued to be fascinated by their on-screen pairings and their off-screen ups and downs, which included being married twice in less than two years. Last year, we saw what a cheapie version of this story looks like with the Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler-starring "Liz & Dick," and while we wait to see what Paramount does with the rights to Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger's book "Furious Love," across the pond the tale is being tackled.

Dominic West (McNulty!) and Helena Bonham Carter will take the titular leads in "Burton & Taylor" for BBC Four, but it will focus on a rather interesting footnote in the Burton/Taylor saga. The 90-minute film will center around the two stars and their appearance on stage together in the Broadway production of Noel Coward's "Private Lives" in 1983. A New York magazine article of the time breaks down what was going on behind the scenes, but mostly it was a production that thrust Burton and Taylor back into the spotlight, and while the play was a grand success and brought the pair massive press coverage, it was critically slammed.

Meanwhile, Burton's own diaries paint a darker picture, with actor writing that Taylor was often drunk, but he stayed committed to his former flame. The actor's widow told The Telegraph, "He was exasperated by Elizabeth but he kept on going, because he was a professional and because he was committed to it."

William Ivory ("Made In Dagenham") penned the script and Richard Laxton (the upcoming "Effie" with Dakota Fanning) will direct. So mark this down as a curiosity for us, but it can't be any worse than "Liz & Dick"....can it? [Deadline]

This article is related to: Burton & Taylor, Helena Bonham Carter, Dominic West


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates