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Gracey has been very active in the world of commercials for a few years, including work for T-Mobile, Evian, McCain and Lipton, most of which are heavy in special effects and choreography. He has recently also signed to direct The Greatest Showman on Earth with Hugh Jackman and The Muppet Man for Jim Henson Productions.
The directors unique vision was felt to be perfect for the story of Elton John. Gracey said "Everyone knows and loves Elton John’s music, but the true story of his life is so incredible that it can only be described as a fantasy. His journey from impossible dreamer to stardom and uncontrollable excess is something only a musical film can capture, and I’m so excited to be the one to tell his story."
The film, being written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), is expected to include numerous musical numbers in fantasy settings.
Rocket CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw said "Michael has an innovative, imaginative and compelling vision for the film. We want to create an experience that surprises and moves audiences and knew immediately that he was the perfect director to take them on this journey."
The search is currently on for a child to play Elton at the age of 5. No word yet on when production is expected to start.