Several months ago it was revealed that Elton John was working on a film biopic of his life and had hired Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall to come up with the script. Not much has been heard about it since then, but now the 64-year-old singer has been talking to the LA Times and confirmed the project is still very much in the works.
Elton has confirmed that he’ll co-produce the film with his civil partner, David Furnish, and that it’ll be a, “surreal look at my life, and not just a factual look at my life, more in the manner of a Moulin Rouge”. The singer, who’s never been averse to a bit of flamboyance, added that a “normal biopic” would be innappropriate “because my life hasn’t been like that”.
It’ll be interesting to see how the film handles his getting married, divorced and then coming out – espeically if it’ll all going to be done in a surreal, ott fashion.
Elton’s also talke about who he’d like to play him in the movie, saying, “I’ve got a wish list of people. Number one on my wishlist is Justin Timberlake, because he played me before in a David LaChapelle video of Rocket Man and he was superb.” Whether Timberlake would have any interest in the role isn’t known, but Elton is good at getting what he wants, so don’t be surprised if it turns out Justin will play him.
A director is attached to the film, although it isn’t known who it is. It’s believed the singer initially wanted Moulin Rouge helmer Baz Luhrmann to direct, but on that occassion he didn’t get his way, as Baz is too busy working on his 3D version of The Great Gatsby. At the moment there’s no info on when the movie might actually shoot.