AXS TV PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE KING WITH THE PREMIERE OF THE NETWORK’S FIRST ORIGINAL FILM, ELVIS LIVES!, AT 9pE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, THE 39TH ANNIVERSARY OF ELVIS PRESLEY’S DEATH
Produced By The Asylum, ‘Elvis Lives!’ Stars Jonathan Nation, Kelsey Griswold, Stephen Barrington, and Britt George
LOS ANGELES – July 11, 2016 – Get “All Shook Up” with AXS TV, as the network partners with cult film production company The Asylum (the SHARKNADO franchise, Z NATION) to unveil its first-ever made-for-television movie, ELVIS LIVES! The film, which presents a unique storyline where rock n’ roll icon Elvis Presley never died, will make its debut on Tuesday, August 16, at 9pE/6pP, in honor of the 39TH Anniversary of Presley’s death.
ELVIS LIVES! brings one of the most infamous conspiracy theories to life, taking the legend of The King to new heights as it poses the question: “What if Elvis never really left the building?” Taking place two months before Presley’s death, the film captures the superstar at a troubling time in his life—plagued by a heavy drug addiction, coming to terms with his failing vocal abilities, and terrified that someone is out to kill him. Driven by a real desire to fight crime and in an attempt to make things right, Presley agrees to help the FBI by testifying against The Fraternity, a villainous crime syndicate. With his life threatened and his family’s safety on the line, Elvis must go to extremes to save himself and his loved ones, and bring the criminals to justice.
ELVIS LIVES! was greenlit by AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban after working with The Asylum on SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO. The film stars Jonathan Nation (MEGA PIRANHA) as Elvis; Kelsey Griswold (THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY) as Ginger Alden; Doug Burch (PROVIDENCE) as Vernon Presley; Stephen Barrington (THE BLACKLIST) as Mikey; and Britt George (TRUE BLOOD) as Red West. The film is directed by Steve Balderson from a script written by Delondra Williams, with Paul Bales, David Michael Latt, David Rimawi and David Garber serving as producers.
“AXS TV is proud to partner with The Asylum to deliver the network’s first original film,” said Michele M. Dix, AXS TV’s senior vice president, programming and development. “The creative minds at The Asylum have put their unique spin on one of the most enduring conspiracy theories surrounding Elvis’ passing, while crafting a story that is simultaneously dramatic and entertaining. And we’re pleased to bring this film to our viewers, as we pay tribute to The King on the 39th Anniversary of his death.”
About The Asylum
The Asylum is one of the world’s leading brandoriented motion picture and television studios. With a focus on highconcept, marketdriven entertainment, like the SHARKNADO franchise and the popular Z NATION television series, The Asylum finances, produces and releases 25 films per year through its direct pipeline to the nation’s top retailers and its network of international partners. Since its founding in 1997, The Asylum has released more than 500 films and has built a library of over 200 original productions, including toprated movie premieres for Syfy, Lifetime, and Animal Planet networks. In addition, The Asylum has begun production on Season 3 on one of Syfy’s highestrated shows, Z NATION, a criticallyacclaimed actionhorror series.
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