Elton John Jumping From One Disney Unit To Another
Spurned by the new Pixar regime at Disney, Elton John has taken his proposed animated musical Gnomeo & Juliet to Miramax. The project, which had been under development at Disney for years, was axed by Pixar's John Lasseter and Ed Catmull shortly after they began examining the studio's proposed animation slate in March. In a statement, John said, "I am very excited about working with Miramax. ... Gnomeo is an edgy concept, and Miramax is the perfect home to push the envelope in animation." Adding irony to the whole affair is the fact that Miramax is also owned by Disney, and the transition of the project from Disney Animation to Miramax is expected to involve little more than paper shuffling.