11:28am PT by Rebecca Ford
'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat' Animated Film in the Works at STX
STX on Tuesday announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that it will collaborate with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on an adapted animated family feature of the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Elton John’s Rocket Pictures is producing the film — which will feature new songs written by Lloyd Webber and Rice — in association with Really Useful Group.
Rocket Pictures is currently producing the animated feature Sherlock Gnomes for Paramount starring Johnny Depp, Emily Blunt and James McAvoy, the follow-up to the hit Gnomeo & Juliet.
"Originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as a pop cantata for students in London in 1968, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was expanded into a concept album and subsequently a globally successful theatrical stage phenomenon,” said David Kosse, president of STX International, who was instrumental in landing the deal for STX. “Joseph has become one of the most enduring, irresistible and beloved family musicals of all time. We could not be more honored or excited to be partnering with Andrew, Tim and Elton, legends of music, stage and screen, on this animated telling of this timeless story."
Based on the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat follows the journey of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob, who is sold into slavery by his jealous siblings. While in exile, Joseph's knack for interpreting dreams gains him favor with the Pharaoh and leads to an unexpected reunion with the family who abandoned him.