Elton John Developing a 'Rocketman' Biopic with Writer of 'Billy Elliot'

September 22, 2011
Source: Deadline

Elton John

Screenwriter and playright Lee Hall and iconic musician Elton John previously collaborated on the Broadway adaptation of the 2000 film Billy Elliot, but now the duo will take their talents to the big screen for a Rocketman, a project described as a biographical musical fantasy about the constantly bespectacled singer and songwriter. The film is said to weave together the life and music of John's career starting with his life as a child prodigy on the piano, moving through his rebellious teenage years and onto his iconic years as quite an outrageously dressed showman and one hell of a musician, singer and songwriter. More below.

It sounds like the film will be a biopic with the same kind of fantastical musical numbers from Across the Universe, and knowing Elton John's wacky style, it should be quite an experience. Deadline says he package for the new project includes a whole slew of John's biggest songs coupled with some ambitious choreographed sequences that will help tell the story of John's successes and struggles. Rocket Pictures executive Steve Hamilton Shaw says, "Rocketman will be a radically different kind of biopic It will be as unique as Elton’s life, told in a non-linear and hyper-visual manner that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician and man.” The question is who has the acting talent to give John his due diligence. Honestly, my vote goes to Ewan McGregor who already impressively belted John's tune Your Song in Moulin Rouge. Thoughts?

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Big Elton fan here, so Im pumped for this. I agree with you Ethan, Ewan McGregor sounds like an excellent choice!

Bltzie on Sep 22, 2011


Justin Timberlake. He's already played him once and is probably the only person who could pull off that kind of dancing and singing.

Alex Cinet5 on Sep 22, 2011


If they cast William Shatner in the lead, this would probably be the greatest film of all time. ROCK IT MAN. ROCKETMAN.

Lebowski on Sep 22, 2011


many thanks for that post - it made me look this up again (The Shat from about 50 secs in)...

Anonymous on Sep 25, 2011


Clay Aiken. Perfect.

Silas Warner on Jan 6, 2012

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