We’ve got a pair of images from the following films:
- Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) poses alongside Elton John in promotion of the upcoming biopic on the legendary musician, Rocketman. John will re-record some of his hits in order to parallel the film’s emotional beats. Production looks to begin next fall.
- Salma Hayek (Savages) in a first-look image for Joe Lynch’s action thriller Everly, which just wrapped principal photography in Belgrade, Serbia.
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When last we reported on the the Elton John biopic, Rocketman, Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) was circling the lead. We can now confirm Hardy will star as the musical legend in the Rocket Pictures and Focus Features film. Rocketman is scheduled to shoot in 2014 and will feature new recordings from Elton John himself that will accompany the emotional dynamics of the story that follows John from child prodigy to superstar. Written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey.
Check out all the details after the jump.
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.
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share today. First up, an unlikely actor is being eyed to topline the Elton John biopic Rocketman. Commercials helmer Michael Gracey was tapped to direct the film this past March, and HitFix now reports that the project is out to Tom Hardy to take on the life of John in the film. The pic is described as a “radically different” kind of biopic, as the story is told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s songs. Hardy does not have an offer to star nor is he in formal negotiations, but apparently the Dark Knight Rises actor is being considered for the lead role. Hardy has a knack for disappearing into all kinds of difference characters, and I would absolutely love to see him transform into Elton John for the unique-sounding Rocketman.
Hit the jump for casting news concerning the indie drama Strings.
A director has finally been assigned to Rocket Pictures’ developing Elton John biopic Rocketman. Deadline reports that commercials director Michael Gracey has been tapped to take the helm of the film, which is being planned as a “radically different” kind of biopic. Billy Elliot scribe Lee Hall wrote the screenplay, and the film will be told in a non-linear, hyper-visual manner complete with choreographed sequences set to John’s classic songs. Gracey is a veteran of commercial directing, having helmed many musically-inclined spots including a Lipton ad with Hugh Jackman and Evian’s “dancing babies” spot.
There’s no word on who will play Sir Elton himself, but a search is currently underway to cast the child version of the singer. Gracey is also attached to direct a couple of other feature films including The Greatest Showman on Earth with Jackman set to star, and the Jim Henson biopic The Muppet Man. Hit the jump to sample some of Gracey’s commercials work.
Back in January, we reported that a biopic of Elton John was in the works. John himself is acting as an executive producer on the project, and is overseeing the development as Lee Hall (Billy Elliot) works on the screenplay. Details were scarce at the time, with John merely stating that the film will be more of a fantasy in the vein of Moulin Rouge! than your typical biopic. Well today we’ve got a few more details on the project. The film will cover John’s life from his days as a child piano prodigy to his life as a young man rebelling against his parents, parading in flamboyant costumes, and achieving fame with his collaboration with songwriter Bernie Taupin. Producer Stephen Hamilton Shaw described their approach to the project:
“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 that will transport people through the many intense experiences, some wonderful, some not, that helped define Elton as an artist, musician and man.”
Hit the jump for more details.