The story of mega-musician Elton John has been a long, long time in coming to the big screen, but we'll soon know all of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of one of the most successful musical artists of all time.
Rocket Pictures partners David Furnish and John himself are preparing the inevitably-titled "Rocket Man," a biographical musical fantasy (what else?) that weaves together events from John's life and music, according to Deadline.
The Rocket Pictures duo will be collaborating with scribe and playwright Lee Hall on the project, whom John worked with on the Tony Award-winning Broadway adaptation of "Billy Elliot." And the film they're conjuring -- which will tell the story of the child piano prodigy who grew up to be a global sensation -- sounds like it's going to be quite the ride.
"'Rocket Man' will be a radically different kind of biopic," said Rocket Pictures producer, Steve Hamilton Shaw. "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."
The big question, of course, is: Who will play Elton John? Deadline mentions both Ewan McGregor and Guy Pearce as ideal candidates. Philip Seymour Hoffman would've been good about ten years ago. Jonah Hill, maybe? Can he sing?
It sounds like we've got some time to mull over the casting, though, as "Rocket Man" hasn't set a start date yet. Stay tuned for more updates from the Yellow Brick Road!