After lending his music and producing cache to last year’s Gnomeo and Juliet feature, music legend Elton John plans to develop an animated movie based on the best-selling series Nerds by author Michael Buckley. Deadline.com reports that John’s Rocket Pictures recently acquired film fights to Nerds: National Espionage, Rescue and Defense Society, which is about a group of outcasts and losers who form an espionage unit at their elementary school to battle a beauty queen-turned-assassin known as Hyena and an assortment of villains using high-tech gadgetry.
Buckley will also pen the script. Rocket Pictures’ Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish (John’s husband) will produce the pic and John will serve as exec producer. Rocket Pictures is also developing Rocketman, a biographical musical-fantasy feature about Elton John himself.