On Wednesday (Feb. 3), CMT made the announcement that it has started plans to produce a drama series along with Thinkfactory Media that will focus on the early careers of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.
The limited, eight episode series coordinates with the 60th anniversary of the "Million Dollar Quartet" Sun Records jam session between Elvis, Johnny, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins in December 1956 and will be based on the musical named after it. On a larger scale, the series will document the rise of rock 'n' roll and the part that Elvis and Johnny played in its growth.
CMT kicked off its nationwide casting search for the series the same day as the announcement. They are looking to fill the roles of a young Elvis and Johnny, as well as B.B. King, Ike Turner, and other characters. The company's president, Brian Phillips, spoke about the casting process to Variety:
"The characters are all larger-than-life, so casting is a daunting challenge, but we’re counting on the magic of Memphis to come alive again! This is among our most ambitious projects ever..."
Thinkfactory Media is also looking forward to producing the series, and believes that it's the perfect fit for CMT.
"At Thinkfactory Media, we pride ourselves in finding, developing and delivering products that fit the networks we work with," said Thinkfactory Media CEO and founder Leslie Greif, "and 'Million Dollar Quartet' is perfectly suited for CMT because of its deep ties to country music and Nashville."
After the roles are cast in the series, CMT plans to to start production in Memphis this spring.
Tune in below to listen to a short recording from Elvis and Johnny's iconic jam session with Jerry Lee and Carl that became known as the "Million Dollar Quartet."
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