If someone has to adapt Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the big screen, the man for the job is most probably Elton John. Luckily, we live in a universe where this outcome is not only possible, but expected and happening. John’s Rocket Pictures has officially scooped the rights to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s blockbuster hit.
Rocket Pictures will adapt Joseph to an animated feature along with some help and blessings from Webber’s The Really Useful Group. Webber and writing partner Tim Rice initially wrote the play to be performed in schools, though it went on to become Webber and Rice’s first publically performed musical—and one of the most successful live shows of all time. So, naturally, it was only a matter of time before it got to the silver screen.
"Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is one of the most popular musical experiences ever conceived," producer Hamilton Shaw said in a statement. "We are excited about the huge potential of a contemporary animated version, and we're thrilled to bring this to the big screen in partnership with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice."
Elton John, meanwhile, will executive produce alongside Webber and Rice themselves. So, while this is not the first animated version of Joseph to come out—DreamWorks released a direct-to-video adaptation in 2000—it is the first with Webber and Rice’s express support.
“I have always thought Joseph was a strong contender for an animation production, and I’m delighted this is now going to happen,” Rice said via a statement.
So, to recap, everyone involved is psyched about this—let’s just hope audiences aren’t experiencing Joseph fatigue when this one sees the light of day. For Elton John’s sake, of course.