Elton John to Adapt 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat'
by Ethan Anderton
February 5, 2014
With Tom Hardy poised to play Elton John in a biopic called Rocketman, the singer is already back in the big screen spotlight, but he's also looking to bring music to life on film in a story that doesn't focus on himself. THR has word that John and his Rocket Pictures banner have just picked up the rights to Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, one of the most revered Broadway productions from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. John hopes to turn the long-running, insanely popular musical into a contemporary animated family feature film with both Webber and Rice executive producing. Read on!
Rice previously worked with Elton John on some of the music for The Lion King, which won more than a few awards. Rocket Pictures will have Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish producing the story about the trials and triumphs of Joseph, Israel's favorite son. The musical is based on the "coat of many colors" story of Joseph and his eleven brothers from the Bible's Book of Genesis. However, this won't be the first time the musical has seen an animated production since DreamWorks made a direct-to-video movie called Joseph: King of Dreams in 2000 with Ben Affleck as the voice lead. Hopefully, with Rice and John involved behind the scenes, this will turn out better.