The remarkable life and career of Sir Elton John will be returning to our screens once again as he winds down his impressive decades as one of the frontrunners of his industry – this time as a documentary film on Disney Plus.
Titled Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances and the Years that Made His Legend, the film will contain rare archival video footage, new interviews, and previously unseen clips of Sir Elton, 75, live in concert.
The legendary singer-songwriter’s story hit the big screen for the first time with the 2019 award-winning biopic Rocketman (starring Taron Egerton), and the streaming service is teaming up with Sir Elton’s husband David Furnish to pay further tribute the I’m Still Standing singer.
Furnish, who has two sons with Sir Elton, will co-direct and co-produce alongside American filmmaker R. J. Cutler who in 2021 oversaw the creation of The World’s a Little Blurry, a documentary feature focusing on Billie Eilish during the creation of her smash hit debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Speaking about the upcoming documentary, Cutler said: ‘What a thrill and an honour it is that David Furnish and I get to create this intimate and unique look at one of the world’s most celebrated artists.
‘As it has for so many others, Elton John’s music has had deep meaning for me for decades, and this opportunity is nothing short of a career highlight and privilege.’
While an official release date for Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is yet to be announced, its theatrical release is expected to coincide with the closing stretches of Sir Elton’s current, long-running tour, Farewell Yellow Brick Road, before appearing on Disney+ soon after.
Sir Elton is days away from beginning the European leg of his last ever tour, which has faced numerous setbacks and delays due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and a hip injury sustained by the singer.
‘I may not look as if I’m 100% fit, but I’m still raring to go,’ he said last November.
Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said that there are ‘no superlatives left’ to describe Sir Elton’s impact on music and popular culture, adding: ‘He’s simply unrivalled.
‘Like a good Disney story, Elton’s music has both universal appeal and the ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level.’
Sir Elton begins the UK & Ireland leg of the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on June 15.
Sir Elton will also be one of the top billings at the Queen’s Jubilee concert on Saturday June 4, with a pre-recorded performance at the star-studded event.
The concert, named the Platinum Party and also starring the likes of Diana Ross Queen and Alicia Keys, will last around two and a half hours, celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne, and will be broadcast on the BBC.
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