Monday, March 12, 2012
Sherlock Gnomes Coming Soon
This will be a sequel to Gnomeo & Juliet, Rocket Pictures' animated hit that was released by Disney and earned nearly $200 million in worldwide box office. Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, co-writers of Gnomeo & Juliet, have begun writing the screenplay for the sequel.
The film will be produced by Rocket Pictures' Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish, with Elton as Executive Producer. The producers are currently in discussions with directors, and the film is expected to go into production this autumn. Elton is also composing new songs for the sequel. Gnomeo & Juliet director Kelly Asbury will act as a creative consultant on the project.
When gnomes start disappearing from the suburban gardens of England, Gnomeo, Juliet and friends enlist the help of 'the greatest ornamental detective' Sherlock Gnomes, to track down the culprit. Unfortunately, Sherlock Gnomes is neither as brilliant nor as insightful as his human counterpart, and as the crimes against gnomanity continue, the threat to their world becomes bigger than they ever imagined. "G&J2: Sherlock Gnomes is an exciting new adventure for our heroes - action-detective stories need some gnomes to liven them up. We're sure Conan Doyle would agree," said Rocket Pictures' CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw. "It will be a fun, broad family film building on the popular foundation of the first."
The Gnomeo & Juliet sequel is the latest project for Rocket Pictures, Elton's film, television and theatrical production company that focuses on family and music-related projects. Rocket Pictures is currently developing Rocketman, a biographical musical-fantasy film about the life of Elton John, written by Lee Hall. Rocket has recently acquired film rights to the New York Times best-selling series of books, NERDS, author Michael Buckley's popular stories about kids who run a spy network from inside their elementary school, and will develop the books as an animated family feature film, with Buckley writing the screenplay. Rocket Pictures is also currently producing Will Gallows and the Snake Bellied Troll, written and to be directed by Kelly Asbury. - ej.com