Billy Elliot musical 'could be made into a film'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 May 2015
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Sir Elton John

The 'Billy Elliot' musical could be made into a film, the producer of the long-running hit has confirmed

A big-screen version of the 'Billy Elliot' musical could be made.

Eric Fellner - the producer of the long-running hit - has held discussions with a number of the musical's key people, including composer Sir Elton John, about transforming the stage production into a fully-fledged film.

He told the Daily Mail newspaper: "We just need to act on it."

However, Eric explained that scheduling issues mean a potential movie remains some years away, if the idea does come to fruition, and he also expressed surprise that the stage show is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary.

He said: "None of us had any inclination that a show like this could ever run as long in the UK, and I think it has tapped into a social undercurrent of British life."

What's more, Eric said that the show has been a worldwide success because the central character - a coal miner's son who takes up ballet - is simply "a kid who wants to follow his dream".

The stage production was spawned by the 2000 British dance drama film starring Jamie Bell as 11-year-old Billy, while author Melvin Burgess was commissioned to write the novelisation of the film in 2001.

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