The long-gestating Sir Elton John biopic is on hold due to arguments
about its budget, the singer has revealed.
”It’s in limbo at the moment,” Elton recently told the BBC about the
film, tentatively titled “Rocketman” and starring British actor Tom Hardy.
“To give a really honest answer, it’s going to take $60m to make this film
the right way and, at the moment, the film industry has had a few flops
musically – ‘Jersey Boys,’ ‘James Brown.’
“They’re like sheep and lemmings. They’re like, ‘Oh no, we don’t want to
do music any more.’ Then they suggest doing it for $30m. I’m not doing it
for $30m. I want to do it for $60m.”
Meanwhile, Elton is preparing to release his 32nd studio album Wonderful
Crazy Night on February 6.
“I wanted to do something joyous because I was so happy with my
children and my husband. Happy with everything,” he explained.
“[The new album] needs to be played loud. It’s not Enya.”
Elton toured Australia in
December and he told the
BBC not to expect a retirement
announcement anytime soon.
“Some people don’t make
records any more, like Billy
Joel,” he said.
“They still have wonderful
careers but I’m not like that. I
want to be creative. It keeps you
“I’m not retiring. I’m still
enjoying myself so much. I’m 68
and I feel like I’m in the prime of my life.”