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David Furnish says that working on the Rocketman biopic has been leading to sleepless nights.

He told the Press Association: “It’s been an interesting challenge for me, I’m super excited. As a filmmaker it’s a wonderful opportunity and I want to do the best job I can.

“But I’m also responsible for making a film about my husband. And our sons are going to inherit that legacy, so the legacy we leave with that film – cinema is such a powerful thing –  we want to make sure we do our best to get it right.

“I’m excited but I have a few sleepless nights because I feel a profound sense of responsibility to get it right.”

The 56-year-old said that the pop luminary wanted to ensure his unique life story had an appropriately special film to celebrate it.

He said: “In typical Elton fashion he said ‘I don’t want a straightforward biopic, my life has been too crazy to just tell it in a very linear, unimaginative way.’

 “So it’s a musical fantasy with the film going in and out of fantasy sequences with the catalogue reimagined and repurposed to draw out key emotional moments and key achievements and key developments in his life.”