STX Animation is in development on an untitled Eddie Murphy comedy and an adaptation of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat.”
The projects are undated, and were announced at the company’s CinemaCon 2017 presentation.
The Murphy project follows a prize-winning Bo the Bull who triumphs often over the matadors who try to lure him — but his own son grows up with aspirations of being a rodeo clown, not a fighter.
The Elton project reunites him with composer and Broadway institution Andrew Lloyd Webber, and will be a production of his Rocket Pictures, financed and distributed by STX.
Rocket Pictures produces in association with Really Useful Group, which will feature new songs written by Lloyd Webber and Rice.
“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,” said David Kosse, President of STX International, who handled the deal.
“Dream Coat” 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 Pharaoh, and leads to an unexpected reunion with the family who abandoned him.
Both projects do not currently have release dates.