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Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph to be turned into animated film

Keith Jack in the touring production of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s stage musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is to be adapted into an animated feature film, it has been confirmed.

Elton John’s Rocket Pictures has acquired the film rights to the musical and will produce a film version, in association with The Really Useful Group. Rocket Pictures chief executive Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish will produce the film with RUG. Lloyd Webber, Rice and John will executive produce.

RUG managing director Barney Wragg said: “Developing Joseph as a new feature film marks the beginning of a new stage in the Really Useful Group’s plans to co-produce and fund new films, television and stage productions from our theatrical shows which play continuously worldwide.”

Lloyd Webber added: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat started in a school and was the first step on the path that led to my musicals with Tim Rice. It is now being performed all over the world by a fourth generation of school kids, and a great movie can only help Joseph be part of the lives of many more.”

Originally created by Lloyd Webber and Rice for performance in schools, Joseph has been seen by an estimated 26 million people, earning more than $600m at the box office.

A release date for the feature film has yet to be announced.