|Gnomeo and Juliet|
|Directed by||Kelly Asbury|
Steve Hamilton Shaw
John R. Smith|
William Shakespeare |
James Newton Howard (Score)|
Elton John (Songs)
|Editing by||Catherine Apple|
|Distributed by||Touchstone Pictures|
|Release date(s)||February 11, 2011|
Gnomeo and Juliet is an American-British upcoming CGI animated film based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet this film stars James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne, Michael Caine, Patrick Stewart, Matt Lucas, Stephen Merchant, Jim Cummings, with Seth Green and Seth MacFarlane. According to Box Office Mojo, the film is rated G by the MPAA, being Touchstone Pictures' first ever G-rated film.
The film is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet using garden Gnomes. Two rival factions of garden gnomes (red and blue) live in two adjacent gardens. When no human is around, the gnomes come to life. Gnomeo, one of the blue gnomes, falls in love with Juliet, a member of the red faction.
The film is the original idea of Rob Sprackling and John Smith who sold the spec script to Disney through Rocket Pictures. Initially, the film was going to be produced by Disney Feature Animation, but was shut down by its new chief, John Lasseter, after the Pixar acquisition. Miramax Films picked up the project and guided its production until the division closed down. The film will now be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner on February 11, 2011, being Touchstone's first animated film since 1993's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The film will be distributed in the UK and Canada by E1 Entertainment, and the film will be released in 3D. The film's soundtrack will be provided by Elton John and James Newton Howard. John also presented 10 minutes of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film's script was written by Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith, with revisions by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley and Mark Burton. The film will be directed by Kelly Asbury.