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9 Dec 2007

Next To Be Projects: In Development

Gnomeo And Juliet
Elton John appeared in support of "Gnomeo" at the Walt Disney Studios Showcase September 2005 when the studio offered members of the press a sneak peek of its slate through 2008. Elton marked the occasion by playing "Crocodile Rock" on a trademark red piano. But the crews at Walt Disney Feature Animation who were in production on the project had reassigned to other projects. Elton then had taken his project to Miramax Films with an exclusive deal with Elton's Rocket Pictures: "I am very excited about working with Miramax," John said. "'Gnomeo' is an edgy concept, and Miramax is the perfect home to push the envelope in animation." The animated twist on Shakespeare's tragic romance is set in the world of tacky garden gnomes. It will be produced in Britain, with lyricist Tim Rice to collaborate on the songs, and Kate Winslet attached to voice Juliet. U.S. Release Date: TBA, 2008 (Estimated)

Him & Us
This comedy follows the life and entourage of a larger-than-life rock star named "Max Flash" and his entourage of staff/friends. Aging rock star Max Flash is played with style and wit by Anthony Stewart Head. Max is handsome, unbelievably charming, and a bit petulant. He walks around with a little dog in his arms, and grins boyishly at anyone who tries to reign him in. Kim Cattrall plays Freddie Lazarus, his manager, who for 25 years has kept Max's show on the road. Freddie is tired, she's burned out, and she's counting the minutes until his final concert. It opens with Cattrall's character having a panic attack in her doctor's office, and closes with her sitting on a jet with Max and his entourage, trying to figure out how she got there, considering she'd quit in the previous scene. Max, it seems, is a hard guy to say “no” to. The supporting cast is dazzling, with Max's gay valet Sidney (Hugh Sachs) pretty much stealing the show. His flashback to an earlier relationship with a mob hit man includes the show's only man-on-man kiss, a quick smooch in a dark car.

Rocket Man
Elton is penning his life story with long time writing partner Bernie Taupin. The movie will cover Elton's drug and alcohol battles, his marriage to german Renate Blauel, his relationship with partner canadian David Furnish and his friendship with tragic British royal Lady Diana Spencer. The story will be near to "Tommy" opera-rock with Elton's songs not in cronological order but as the argument develops.

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