Elton John’s Rocket Pictures will be producing an all-new animated feature film of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, in association with the Really Useful Group.
Steve Hamilton Shaw of Rocket Pictures say: “Joseph and the Amazing 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.”
The Really Useful Group’s managing director Barney Wragg adds: “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 says: “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 continues: “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 is the most performed musical in history. Today it is performed thousands of times a year by school children across the globe.
The musical has now been seen by an estimated 26 million people, earning more than $600 million at the box office. It has notched up a record 30 years of continuous professional touring around the UK, will tour the US later in 2014 and is a regular in international markets including South Africa and Korea.
The project is the latest in a ramping up of Rocket Pictures’ feature film slate. Rocket Pictures is currently producing Rocketman, the highly-anticipated musical reinvention of Elton John’s life, with Tom Hardy in the lead role.
Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce the Joseph film with the Really Useful Group. Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and Elton John will executive produce.
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