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Sir Elton makes alien Austen film

Sir Elton John
Rocket Pictures is currently making CG animation Gnomeo and Juliet

Sir Elton John is to make a sci-fi horror film where aliens wreak havoc on a Jane Austen-style period drama.

The pop star's film company, Rocket Pictures, has announced plans to start filming Pride and Predator in London later this year.

"It felt like a fresh and funny way to blow apart the done-to-death Jane Austen genre," producer David Furnish told Variety magazine.

Sir Elton will supervise the music and act as executive producer.

The movie will be directed by Will Clark, who previously helmed 2007 short film The Amazing Trousers.

Starring Valkyrie's David Bamber and My Family's Kris Marshall, the fairytale comedy was about a luckless Edwardian who agreed to trade his legs for a year of amazing success.

Clark co-wrote the script for Pride and Predator, but no cast has yet been announced.

Furnish, who tied the knot with Sir Elton in 2005, promised the film would drop an "alien into the middle of a costume drama, where he stalks and slashes to horrific effect".

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