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Elton John is not the type of person who gives up easily.
After failing to score a nod in the Best Original Song category at this year's Oscars (he wasn't the only one) for the "Gnomeo & Juliet" tune "Hello Hello", the musician and his Rocket Picture cohorts have announced they will be making a sequel to the film entitled "Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes". What's more, John is already in the midst of composing songs for the follow-up, which is being eyed for a fall production start.
The news was broken by Deadline.
The script, which is currently being written by the first film's Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, will center on Gnomeo, Juliet and their friends' efforts to track down several missing lawn gnomes with the help of Sherlock Holmes' gnome doppelganger "Sherlock Gnomes". "Gnomeo & Juliet" helmer Kelly Asbury will not be returning for the sequel (she'll claim the title of "creative consultant" instead), meaning the search is on for a new director.
The first "Gnomeo & Juliet" grossed nearly $194 million worldwide on a reported $10 million budget. John, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for "Hello Hello" (he lost to Madonna), was considered a major contender for an Original Song Oscar nod this year (he won in 1995 for the "Lion King" tune "Can You Feel the Love Tonight") but was shut out of the category. A total of only two songs ultimately met the high bar required for eligibility, leaving many to question whether the rules should be changed to allow for more nominees in future ceremonies.
John is currently on tour promoting his 2010 album "The Union". You can get a full list of dates below.
Anyone looking forward to a "Gnomeo & Juliet" sequel? Sound off in the comments!
Elton John tour dates:
09-Mar-12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA BankAtlantic Center Elton & Band
10-Mar-12 Orlando, FL USA Amway Center Elton & Band
13-Mar-12 Estero, FL USA Germain Arena Elton & Band
15-Mar-12 Roanoke, VA USA Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum Elton & Band
16-Mar-12 Raleigh, NC USA RBC Center Elton & Band
17-Mar-12 Richmond, VA USA Richmond Coliseum Elton & Band
20-Mar-12 Evansville, IN USA Ford Center Elton & Band
22-Mar-12 Madison, WI USA Alliant Energy Center Elton & Band
24-Mar-12 Grand Forks, ND USA Ralph Engelstad Arena Elton & Band
29-Mar-12 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Yas Arena, Yas Island Elton & Ray Cooper
31-Mar-12 Tromsø Norway Skarphallen Elton & Ray Cooper
13-Apr-12 Las Vegas, NV USA The Colosseum at Caesars Palace The Million Dollar Piano
14-Apr-12 Las Vegas, NV USA The Colosseum at Caesars Palace The Million Dollar Piano
15-Apr-12 Las Vegas, NV USA The Colosseum at Caesars Palace The Million Dollar Piano
18-Apr-12 Las Vegas, NV USA The Colosseum at Caesars Palace The Million Dollar Piano
19-Apr-12 Las Vegas, NV USA The Colosseum at Caesars Palace The Million Dollar Piano
21-Apr-12 Fort Wayne, IN USA Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Elton SOLO
22-Apr-12 Mankato, MN USA Verizon Wireless Center Elton SOLO
24-Apr-12 Lethbridge, AB Canada ENMAX Centre Elton SOLO
25-Apr-12 Red Deer, AB Canada ENMAX Centrium, Westerner Park Elton SOLO
26-Apr-12 Grande Prairie, AB Canada Crystal Centre Elton SOLO
01-Jun-12 Wetzlar Germany Hessentag Elton & Band
03-Jun-12 Taunton England Somerset County Cricket Club Elton & Band
05-Jun-12 Harrogate England Great Yorkshire Showground Elton & Band
07-Jun-12 Belfast Northern Ireland Odyssey Arena Elton & Band
09-Jun-12 Chesterfield, Derbyshire England Chesterfield Football Club B2NET Stadium Elton & Band
10-Jun-12 Falkirk Scotland The Falkirk Stadium Elton & Band
13-Jun-12 Newcastle England Metro Radio Arena Elton & Band
15-Jun-12 Birmingham England LG Arena Elton & Band
16-Jun-12 Blackpool, Lancashire England Tower Festival Headland Elton & Band
22-Jun-12 Nice France Palais Nikaia Elton & Band
24-Jun-12 Lyon France La Halle Tony Garnier Elton & Band
29-Jun-12 Ludwigslust Germany Schlosspark Elton & Band
03-Jul-12 Oberhausen Germany König-Pilsener-Arena Elton & Band
04-Jul-12 Augustenborg Denmark Augustenborg Slotspark (Castle) Elton & Band
07-Jul-12 Lodz Poland Atlas Arena Elton & Band
08-Jul-12 Gdansk Poland Ergo Arena Elton & Band
10-Jul-12 Bratislava Slovakia Arena Ondreja Nepelu Elton & Band
12-Jul-12 Locarno Switzerland Piazza Grande Elton & Band
13-Jul-12 Zurich Switzerland Dolder Eisbahn Elton SOLO
14-Jul-12 Würzburg Germany Residenzplatz Elton & Band
20-Jul-12 Ulm Germany Muensterplatz Elton & Band
21-Jul-12 Nîmes France Arènes de Nîmes Elton & Band
17-Nov-12 Ancol, Jakarta Indonesia Mata Elang International Stadium Elton & Band