FilmDistrict Picks up ‘Rocketman’

Pic follows Elton John's story

FilmDistrict has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to the musical event film “Rocketman,” which chronicles the journey of musician Elton John from childhood to stardom.

FilmDistrict is planning a wide theatrical release for the film, which is in early pre-production. The FilmDistrict deal comes on the heels of U.K.-based Icon’s production arm AI Film coming aboard to co-finance the film during the Cannes Film Festival.

Pic will be directed by Michael Gracey (“The Greatest Showman on Earth”) from a script written by Lee Hall (“War Horse,” “Billy Elliot”). Rocket Pictures and Icon’s AI Film are co-financing the project. Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish are producing the project along with Lawrence Bender for AI Film.

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