Elton John’s ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ Documentary and Live Performance Coming to Disney+
After the success of music-themed documentaries for “The Beatles”, “Taylor Swift” and “Olivia Rodrigo”, Disney Original Documentary and Disney+ have won the rights to a great documentary “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road: The Final Elton John Performances And The Years That Made His Legend”.
Deadline reports that this documentary is created by Oscar-nominated RJ Cutler, along with filmmaker (and longtime partner of Elton John) David Furnish. The project is estimated to have sold for around $30 million.
This new project will include footage from Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” including filming his final months on the road, before his final performance at New York’s Dodger Stadium in November. Plus footage from other events, including one from London. Never-before-seen concert footage of Elton John over the past 50 years, with hand-written journals and current footage of him and his family. Also included in the deal will be a live broadcast on Disney+ of the final concert.
The documentary will get a small festival run and limited theatrical release, and it will be available to stream exclusively on Disney+.
Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement:
“There are no more superlatives to describe Elton John and his impact on music and culture – he is simply unparalleled. Like a good Disney story, Elton’s music has both universal appeal and the ability to connect with audiences on a deeply personal level. He’s been part of the Disney family since 1994, when he helped make The Lion King an instant classic, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with him on this new documentary.
In addition to directing, RJ Cutler will also produce the film under his direction, This Machine Filmworks, a Sony Pictures television company, as will Furnish, which will produce under his and Elton John’s direction, Rocket Entertainment. Trevor Smith will also serve as producer. John Battsek, Jane Cha Cutler and Elise Pearlstein are joining as executive producers.
Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television said in a statement:
“Working with RJ Cutler and David Furnish on what will undoubtedly become the defining film about the iconic Elton John is a great honor. Their incredible vision and intimate access to exclusive, never-before-seen anecdotes and footage will provide the deepest and most gripping yet about one of the world‘s most beloved and prolific artists.
RJ Cutler said in the same statement:
“What a pleasure and honor it is that David Furnish and I can create this intimate and unique look at one of the world’s most celebrated artists. As with so many others, Elton John’s music has had meaning deep for me for decades, and this opportunity is nothing short of a career highlight and privilege.
David Furnish added:
“Elton and I couldn’t think of a better collaborator than RJ Cutler for a film that represents more than Elton’s career – it’s his life. From Troubadour to Dodger Stadium, we knew RJ would help guide the story. of Elton and its many layers in an authentic and evocative way. We are thrilled to work together.
What do you think of the arrival of Elton John’s “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour” on Disney+?