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Elton John bringing animated Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to big screen

Story by Jack Foley

SIR Elton John is to bring an animated version of hit musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the big screen.

The singer’s Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s global hit play and intends to adapt it for the screen together with Webber’s The Really Useful Group.

Rocket Pictures’ Steve Hamilton Shaw, who will serve as one of the producers, commented: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived.

“We are excited about the huge potential of a contemporary animated version, and we’re thrilled to bring this to the big screen in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was originally created by Webber and Rice for performance in schools but has since become the most performed musical in history, having now been seen by an estimated 26 million people, earning more than $600 million at the box office.

Webber commented: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat started in a school and was the first step on the path that led to my musicals with Tim Rice. It is now being performed all over the world by a fourth generation of school kids, and a great movie can only help Joseph being part of the lives of many more.”

Rice added: “I have always thought Joseph was a strong contender for an animation production, and I’m delighted this is now going to happen.”

Rocket Pictures has previously had animated experience with the 3-D animated film Gnomeo & Juliet, the sequel to which – Sherlock Gnomes – is also in production.

The company also is developing the animated family film Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll, written and to be directed by Kelly Asbury, as well as the live action Rocketman, a musical reinvention of Elton John’s life, with Tom Hardy starring as the iconic singer.

As yet, there is no release date for Joseph.

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