Rocket Pictures' Elton John biopic "Rocketman" will be taking off at Cannes, with Good Universe launching the international sales effort at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
Michael Gracey is directing from a script by Oscar nominee Lee Hall ("Billy Elliot"). Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish ("Gnomeo and Juliet") will produce, while Sir Elton John will executive produce.
"Rocketman" follows John's life story, from his childhood as a five-year-old musical genius through his often-troubled life, to becoming a global icon and one of the world's most revered musicians.
"We’re excited to be bringing this musical event movie to Cannes,” said Rocket CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw. “It’s bold, brave and inspirational. Good Universe has great commercial sensibility and we’re delighted to have them represent us.”
“Much like the life of Elton John the man, 'Rocketman' is the larger than life movie spectacle that brilliantly captures the universal struggle of self-love that we all face," added Good Universe co-founder Joe Drake. "Director Michael Gracey's vision for this movie is overflowing with everything that makes for great event cinema. We pulled out all the stops to join Rocket Pictures on this incredible film.”
UTA Independent Film Group is representing domestic rights.
The deal was negotiated by Shaw for Rocket Pictures, which is represented by UTA, while Drake and Michael Meyer negotiated on behalf of Good Universe.