Entertainment behind the scenes
New Dads Elton John, David Furnish plan more movies
Now that they have baby Zachary to look after, Elton John and David Furnish may follow up their animated movie “Gnomeo and Juliet” with more kids’ films. Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas Day at a Los Angeles hospital to a surrogate mother.
The celebrity couple produced the feel-good, gnome-infested take on William Shakespeare’s bleak tragedy “Romeo and Juliet”, and the film hits theatres in Britain and the United States on Feb. 11. At the London premiere this weekend, the couple walked the red carpet along with some of the stars who provided voices, including Emily Blunt, Stephen Merchant and Matt Lucas.
“We’d love to make more kids’ films. This has been really wonderful,” Furnish told reporters. “We’re very excited that in four or five years’ time, Zachary will be able to see this film … It is such a British film, it is lots of fun, the tongue is very firmly planted in the cheek and it is great to be here.”
Pop star John appeared relaxed about tinkering with one of the revered Bard’s most cherished works.
“We changed the ending,” he said. “We made it into the greatest love story ever told because the original one ends in tragedy and we had poetic licence with this one. I don’t think Bill (William) Shakespeare would have been upset with a gnome changing the ending.”
John, who is included on the music credits of the new movie, has previously found success with animated movie compositions. Three of his works for “The Lion King” were nominated for best original song Oscars, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” eventually won the prize.