Elton John World News: No More Home For Gnome

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The Latest on Two EJ Projects

Tuesday 28 March 2006 @ 17:45 - GMT

Remember Gnomeo & Juliet, which was scheduled for release in 2008?

In September, Elton promoted the comic romance at Walt Disney Studios Showcase, playing Crocodile Rock on a red piano.

However, yesterday, executives announced they were pulling the plug.

Late in 2003, production was brought to a halt--until Elton agreed to give Disney  access to his entire song catalogue, allowing film-makers to build key moments of the flick around such memorable songs like Tiny Dancer, I'm Still Standing and Candle in The Wind.

The company's record divison is reportedly upset, figuring the soundtrack would have been a best-seller.

Besides permitting old tunes to be used, Elton had planned to write new ones. He also had a say in the script, hiring Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil (known in the UK for their work on Sky One's Harry Enfield's Brand Spanking New Show) to give the script by Rob Sprackling and John Smith (Chicken Run) more of an edge.

In fact, his Rocket Pictures would have also been involved.

Meanwhile on the small screen, ABC will make an announcement about pilots under consideration for the '06-'07 season on May 16.

Among them is Him And Us, based on Elton's acquaintances.

As previously disclosed, Ashley Williams, Anthony Head and Kim Cattrall will star in the comedy. Michael Trucco (Battlestar Galactica) and Hugh Sachs  (The Shell Seekers) are also part of the cast.

And the director is a showbiz veteran. Charles Shyer has produced and written for TV and movies, from All in The Family to Father of The Bride.

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