Elton John Allowing Biopic Screenwriter \"Free Rein\" With Script

Elton John Allowing Biopic Screenwriter \"Free Rein\" With Script

(London) -- The man writing the screenplay to the upcoming Elton John biopic says the rocker has been very cooperative and accommodating. Screenwriter Lee Hall tells BBC Radio 4 Elton is giving him "incredible free rein" with the script, and "hasn't interfered at all." He adds that Elton has actually been helpful in giving him the inside story of some of his darkest times. Hall recalls that John has shared "his private diaries that nobody had seen from when he was in rehab." He says the movie, titled "Rocketman," will tell Elton's story "from birth to rehab," and will include "all the trouble he got into."

Elton is serving as an executive producer for "Rocketman," and developing the project through his film company, Rocket Pictures. Actor Tom Hardy is slated to star as Elton in the movie, which is expected to begin shooting later this year.