Baz Luhrmann hopes to release Elvis Presley never-before-seen 1970s documentary footage

Scene from 1970 documentary, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is

It seems that Elvis Presley unreleased documentary footage may be in the works for release. Fans have been begging for years that the never-before-seen film footage from Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972) be released to the public.

Director Baz Luhrmann answers question about 1970s Elvis Presley never-before-seen documentary footage on Instagram stories

ELVIS movie director, Baz Luhrmann, was asked about the never-before-seen documentary footage for Elvis Presley’s 1970s documentaries. He answered the question on June 1, 2022 in a Q&A segment in his Instagram stories.

Question: Can you release the “On Tour” footage for us?

Baz Luhrmann: “Yeah, we do have actually access to a lot of the never-before-seen footage from the two documentaries.

As soon as I get the movie out, I’m going to try and do something about getting that footage out, and maybe doing a redux. Some extraordinary material…”

Could this be what the fans have been waiting for all these years?

Director Baz Luhrmann has become the go-to Elvis aficionado due to the great critical reception his new movie, ELVIS, has gotten since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on May 25.

Luhrmann revealed that he spent two years researching and immersing himself in all things Elvis, living in Memphis for part of that time. He even had an office in the back of Graceland, with access to their archives.

With Luhrmann’s connection to Warner Bros. who is distributing the ELVIS movie, and who also owns the rights to both of Presley’s 1970s documentaries, it seems like he is the one creative force in Hollywood who could pull this off!

Even if die-hard Presley fans are not happy with Luhrmann’s ELVIS movie, they would be ecstatic if he delivered the unreleased documentary footage. With Luhrmann’s can-do attitude, Elvis fans have good reason to hope.

Luhrmann has strived for authenticity in each scene of the ELVIS movie. He had the star of ELVIS, actor Austin Butler, record songs for the ELVIS movie at RCA Studios in Nashville, the same place where Elvis recorded.

Photo of Austin Butler at RCA Studio in Nashville from Baz Luhrmann’s Instagram

“I think one of the things to look forward to in the movie,” Luhrmann said, “is the way that Austin Butler has humanized Elvis. He hasn’t done an impersonation. He’s really shown, I think, the spirituality of Elvis.”

“I think the best advice I’ve ever been given,” Lurhmann said, “is not to wait to be given permission to be creative – that really in the end, it’s up to you.”

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