Occasionally, movie ideas come along that studios have to fight over. Such is the case with Gnomeo and Juliet, a 3D animated take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet being produced by eOne Entertainment as part of Touchstone Pictures. And whom did they wrestle ownership away from? None other than Disney, legends in the field of CG toons. But as John Lasseter and the rest of the Pixar group merged back into Disney to focus on internal projects like this summer’s Toy Story 3, Gnomeo and Juliet made it’s way to Pathe International, set for a February 11th, 2011 release. The film will still be distributed internationally by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, with a soundtrack provided by Elton John and James Newton Howard.
The voice-over cast features James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Jim Cummings, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, Jason Statham and Matt Lucas and also features songs by Elton John, who is an executive producer on the film, and Bernie Taupin.