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News About a Rocket Pictures Project

Thursday 6 September 2012 @ 15:57 - GMT

The director of Kung Fu Panda, John Stevenson, has come aboard Sherlock Gnomes, the 3D animated sequel to last years Gnomeo & Juliet.

In 2008, Elton said he took two of his godchildren to see Kung Fu Panda.

''It was hilarious because they were hilarious,'' he reported.

As with ''Gnomeo,'' Rocket Pictures is producing. The first films co-writers, Andy Riley and Kevin Cecil, also are back for the follow-up, which centers on the characters from the first movie enlisting the help of a famous gnome-detective in solving the sinister disappearance of gnomes from the suburban gardens of England.

As mentioned earlier by EJW, the pop legend is writing original music for the flick, which is now set to begin production early next year.

Rocket Pictures said that it has hired former Walt Disney Animation production head Carolyn Soper to help oversee production, working alongside Steve Hamilton Shaw as the company ramps up its animation ambitions. In addition, Elton and David Furnish are producing.