Netflix has announced it has partnered with Priscilla Presley, widow of rock & roll icon Elvis Presley, to launch a new animated series on her late husband to be titled, Agent King.
Announced on Friday on the 42nd anniversary of Presley’s death in 1977, the forthcoming series will portray the famous rock singer and guitarist as an animated super spy. Priscilla and fellow series creator John Eddie worked alongside Mike Arnold (Archer) as the project’s showrunner, writer and co-executive producer for what is being described as an adult animated action-comedy series. Additionally, punk-fan and rock fashion designer John Varvatos was also attached to the series, serving as the wardrobe consultant for the animated characters.
A statement on the forthcoming series shared by the streaming platform states, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves — all while holding down his day job as the King Of Rock And Roll.”
Presley also shared her own thoughts on the series, adding, “From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! ‘Agent King’ lets him do just that. My co-creator John Eddie and I are so excited to be working with Netflix and Sony Animation on this amazing project and getting the chance to show the world an Elvis they haven’t seen before.”
The Friday announcement did not include a projected date to when the series will arrive, but fans should be optimistic for a 2020 arrival.
The adaptation of the Elvis brand to the booming streaming industry should help supplement the income of the legendary rock star’s estate, which has been delayed in its proposed expansion of Graceland into a larger concert venue in recent months. Memphis City Council, which precedes over the city where the famous former home of Elvis sits, repeatedly postponed a vote to approve tax incentives for the $100 million expansion project. Council members are reportedly concerned that an improved and expanded concert schedule at Graceland would put up too much competition to the FedExForum, Memphis’ current main concert venue.