Rocket Pictures Will Produce Animated Film Version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
By Andrew Gans
Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and will produce — in association with The Really Useful Group — an all-new animated family feature film based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical.
Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce the film with Really Useful. Lloyd Webber, Rice and John will executive produce.
Shaw said in a statement, “Joseph and the 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.”
Really Useful Group managing director Barney Wragg added, “Developing Joseph as a new feature film marks the beginning of a new stage in the Really Useful Group’s plans to co-produce and fund new films, television and stage productions from our theatrical shows which play continuously worldwide.”
Lloyd Webber stated, “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 be part of the lives of many more.”
Rice said, "I have always thought Joseph was a strong contender for an animation production, and I'm delighted this is now going to happen.”
Originally created by Lloyd Webber and Rice for performance in schools, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat has now been seen by an estimated 26 million people, earning over $600 million at the box office. It premiered on Broadway in 1982 at the Royale Theatre, earning multiple Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations including Best Musical and Best Original Score.
Rocket Pictures is currently producing "Rocketman," the spectacular musical reinvention of Elton John’s life, with Tom Hardy starring as Sir Elton John, co-financed by AI Film and Focus Features distributing.
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