FilmDistrict Near $10 Million Deal to Acquire Elton John Biopic ROCKETMAN; Tom Hardy Still Circling Lead Role

     June 12, 2013


An Elton John biopic would grab our attention in most any configuration, but producers Steve Hamilton Shaw, David Furnish, Lawrence Bender, and (hey) Sir Elton John are doing a great job with the early hype for Rocketman.  Shaw promises, “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.”  Up-and-coming commercials director Michael Gracey is on board with a script by Lee Hall (Billy Elliott) that features choreographed features set to John’s catalog.  Best of all, Tom Hardy is circling the lead role—I didn’t know I wanted that, but now I must have it.

This is understandably an appealing package to studios.  Deadline reports FilmDistrict is near a deal for the U.S. rights with a $10 million minimum guarantee (plus a significant marketing budget) for a wide release.  Hall’s script starts at age five with a musical prodigy who wins a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music by age eleven, so the next step is to cast Young Elton.  We will let you know if/when they lock in Hardy and/or FilmDistrict’s money.

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