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

     June 12, 2013

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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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