Documentary Filmmaker Offers $3 Million Reward For Anyone Who Can Prove Elvis Presley Is Still Alive
If Elvis Presley really is alive and well and working in a gas station somewhere in Alabama, it could make you a multi-millionaire.
The endless myth about the King of Rock and Roll abdicating his throne by faking his own death has become the stuff of legend. And thanks to hundreds of supposed 'sightings' worldwide, a filmmaker has found a way to put all those reports to good use.
Adam Muskiewicz is offering a $3 million reward to anyone who can find Presley and bring him back alive. It's part of a publicity push for his new documentary about the myths surrounding the rock pioneer's passing.
And while it may sound tongue-in-cheek, it's actually a legitimate prize.
Even if it's one he's pretty sure he'll never have to pay off.
Muskiewicz has even set up a website, elviswanted.com, that seeks reports of Presley sightings from across the world. Needless to say, there's no shortage of entries.
"The hoaxing of Elvis Presley's death is the biggest myth in the history of pop culture," the site insists.
The 29th anniversary of the entertainer's death passed just a few days ago on August 16th. But there are some - you should pardon the expression - diehards who insist he simply went into hiding on that day in 1977 to escape his own legend.
"Right now, about 75 percent (of those interviewed) definitely think he's dead," the movie man reveals. "About 25 percent think he's alive."
Muskiewicz claims he understands the reasons behind the refusal to let the man go. And it's more than just fans who loved his music.
"You don't have to be an expert to see there were procedural questions: why was the funeral so fast? Things were sealed and people went quiet," he muses.
Then there's the spelling of his middle name on the tombstone, which reads "Elvis Aaron Presley". But his middle name was actually spelled "Aron".
And even though the documentary maker is sure he's never going to have to give away the $3 million bounty, unlike the rumours of Elvis' continuing existence, he wants people to know his offer is the real thing.
"The odds we're giving to the rest of the world on this are 1,000 to 1," he admits.
And he believes the fact that Elvis would be considered an old man today will work in his favour should the myth actually prove true. "I think that's what we're pinning our hopes on," he agrees. "That if he is found alive, he's going to deny it!"
His movie is due out next year on the 30th anniversary of the singer's (supposed) passing.