John's musical is itself based on a 2000 film starring Julie Walters and Jamie Bell
Elton John has revealed that he is keen to make his hit stage show Billy Elliot The Musical into a film.
Billy Elliot The Musical is itself based on an acclaimed 2000 British film starring Julie Walters and Jamie Bell, which was written by Lee Hall. Hall wrote the book and lyrics for the stage show, with John composing the music.
Speaking at the show’s 10th anniversary performance at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre last night (May 12), John told the BBC: “It would be lovely to do a film version. There are other songs that we had had to leave out of the musical that would be great in the film.”
“You can only do so much on stage with the material you’ve got and the length of the show, so I think if one did a movie of this show it would be nice to change some things and maybe put something fresh in,” the singer-songwriter added.
Billy Elliot The Musical, which tells the story of a boy from a struggling mining community who swaps his boxing gloves for ballet shoes, premiered in London’s West End in 2005 and won four Laurence Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. Its decade-long West End run has now been extended to December 2016. Numerous international versions of the musical have also been staged, including a 2008 Broadway production which collected 10 Tony Awards and ran until 2012.