|Elton teams with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Wednesday, March 29 2017
From its roots as a 1969 concept album, Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat's been a stage musical and a direct-to-video live action movie.
Now, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice have linked hands with Elton to convert the camp extravaganza into an animated film. STX Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson broke the news March 28, 2017 while chatting onstage at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Deadline has reported.
Really Useful Group, the media empire Baron Andrew founded in 1977, and Rocket Films, which Elton launched in 1996, are producing the motion picture. Andrew and Tim, who shot to fame as a songwriting duo via stage hits including Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, will pen new songs for the new film together.
Meanwhile, Sirs Tim and Elton have experience collaborating on animated features, namely in writing the songs for the The Lion King and The Road To El Dorado.
Tim's won an Oscar apiece with these composers: with Elton in 1995 for Can You Feel The Love Tonight? from The Lion King, and with Andrew two years later for You Must Love Me from the Madonna vehicle film of Evita. Andrew and Tim share a Tony Award for their score to Evita, and Elton and Tim's Broadway adaptation of the Verdi opera Aida's snagged them a Tony as well.
Joseph And The Amazing Technical Dreamcoat began life as an album and lurched through multiple stage versions, its first London opening at the Young Vic in 1972.
Its first big stateside booking began at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music in 1976, but it took until 1981 to open Off-Broadway and the next year to open on Broadway. The 1999 straight-to-video film version starred Donny Osmond in the title role and Maria Friedman as the Narrator, assembling a clutch of character actors including Joan Collins, Ian McNiece and Richard Attenborough.
This musical's based on the Genesis story in which Abraham's great-grandson Joseph gets sold into slavery by brothers jealous of his 'coat of many colors,' but ultimately rises to the right hand of the Pharaoh.
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