Insert your favorite Elvis Presley song lyric here. (Sample: "All shook up!") Variety reports that Eric Bana will play The King in the new indie film 'Elvis & Nixon,' about the 1970 meeting between Presley and President Richard Nixon. Danny Huston is in talks to play the president for writer/director Cary Elwes, who's making his behind-the-camera debut. The Elvis/Nixon summit -- and its famed photographic proof -- remains a cultural oddity to this day; the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum still gets more requests for the pic than any other Nixon still. The pair met in 1970 at the behest of Presley, who wanted to offer his services to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This will be the second project to directly tackle the meeting: a 1997 film called 'Elvis Meets Nixon' detailed the same story. [Variety]
'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' hasn't even come out yet, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't get excited for the next sequel. Deadline reports Warner Bros. has hired Drew Pearce to script the third installment of the franchise. Pearce is the current blockbuster-screenwriter flavor of the month: in addition to doing some touch-ups on the Guillermo del Toro-directed 'Pacific Rim,' he's also scripting 'Iron Man 3.' [Deadline]

From the rumor mill: Twitch reports that Gary Oldman and Helena Bonham Carter have been offered roles in the Warner Bros. reboot of 'Akira.' Oldman would play Colonel, with Carter handling Lady Miyako. It appears Garret Hedlund is still the frontrunner for Kaneda. No word yet on whether the character names will change to fit the locale switch from Neo Tokyo to New Manhattan. [Twitch]

When movies go TV: 'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington and 'The Killing' star Joel Kinnaman are the top choices to lead 'Arthur and Lancelot' for Warner Bros. It's unclear which actor will play which role. [THR/Heat Vision]

Academy Award-winning composer Hans Zimmer will not enter the Oscar race this year. Zimmer -- who wrote the scores for 'Rango,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tide' and the upcoming 'Sherlock Holmes sequel, which he received an Oscar nomination for after the first film -- said he wants to observe the process this year. "As soon as you get nominated, and I don't care who you are - there are certainly people of better character than me - it all goes crazy," he said to THR. "You get the phone call at five o'clock and after that you have to do the interviews and then do the parties and meet all these people and do all these things. It's disruptive, and I think it would be more interesting to observe it for a year. It does worry me that we have to stay relevant. Times are changing, very rapidly. Usually what I do when things are changing rapidly is stand still and observe." Zimmer is currently working on his score for 'The Dark Knight Rises.' [THR]

What's up with 'The Dark Tower'? A lot, according to producer Brian Grazer. "We found a way to cut out $45 million out of the budget without changing the scope and actually giving it a good ending," Grazer said to indieWIRE. "In the $140 million draft, the ending wasn't quite as satisfying. Now, we've got $45 million, $50 million out of the way and a really satisfying ending. It's gonna get made." The adaptation of Stephen King's epic hit many a budgetary snag earlier this year before being dropped by Universal. Ron Howard would still presumably direct if this ever gets off the ground, though whether star Javier Bardem would still appear -- and whether the story would be told over three films and two television series, as initially planned -- remains to be seen. [indieWIRE/The Playlist]

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