Joseph and the amazing Technicolor animated film redux


Three years ago, I noted that Elton John was collaborating with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice on an animated film adaptation of Lloyd Webber and Rice’s biblical musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Today, it was announced that the film will be produced and distributed by STX Films, the company behind The Edge of Seventeen and Bad Moms:

“Originally written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice as a pop cantata for students in London in 1968, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat was expanded into a concept album and subsequently a globally successful theatrical stage phenomenon,” said David Kosse, President of STXinternational, who was instrumental in landing the deal for STX. “Joseph has become one of the most enduring, irresistible and beloved family musicals of all time. We could not be more honored or excited to be partnering with Andrew, Tim and Elton, legends of music, stage and screen on this animated telling of this timeless story.”

The film will reportedly feature new songs by Lloyd Webber and Rice.

Elton John has collaborated with Rice on animated films before, co-writing songs for Disney’s The Lion King and DreamWorks’ The Road to El Dorado, the former of which won the duo an Oscar (for ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’).

Lloyd Webber and Rice also collaborated on the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar and Evita, which were turned into films in 1973 and 1996, respectively.

The story of Joseph and his multi-coloured coat has been adapted many times before, including a few animated efforts; one of the better-known films is Joseph, King of Dreams, a straight-to-video prequel to DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt.

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).