Magazine article Screen International

Elton John, Lloyd Webber to Animate Joseph

Magazine article Screen International

Elton John, Lloyd Webber to Animate Joseph

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Elton John's Rocket Pictures has acquired film rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's global stage phenomenon Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Rocket plans to make an animated family feature in association with Lloyd Webber's The Really Useful Group.

Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce with The Really Useful Group. Lloyd Webber, Rice and John will serve as executive producers.

"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived," said Shaw.

"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."

The Really Useful Group managing director Barney Wragg said: "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. …

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