Elton John will be teaming up with the likes of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice in order to transform their 1969 musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat into an animated film production. This is the latest project for Elton John’s production company Rocket Productions.
In a statement to the Hollywood Reporter, Webber said, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat started in a school and was the first 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.”
There has yet to be a release date set for the production as it is one of many Elton John is currently working on. He just kicked off his 2014 tour and will be on the road through the year’s end. March 18th and March 26th comes the release of a film of his Las Vegas show entitled The Million Dollar Piano in theatres across the U.S. A new deluxe edition of his 1973 classic Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is also set to be released March 25th. That doesn’t even include work on a film about Elton John’s life starring Tom Hardy and a sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet entitled Sherlock Gnomes.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the story of the biblical character Joseph, his brothers, and his multicolored coat. To date, the show has earned more than $600 million, becoming one of the most produced musicals of all time. It was presented in 1973 on London’s West End and opened in an expanded U.S. version in 1976, going on to play 747 performances on Broadway.