Miramax Films has announced an exclusive deal with Sir Elton John's Rocket Pictures to develop and produce Gnomeo and Juliet, an animated twist on Shakespeare's classic tale set in the world of tacky garden gnomes. Rocket Pictures producing partners, David Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw, who are currently finishing post-production on their latest film It's A Boy Girl Thing, will shepherd the project with Miramax president, Daniel Battsek.

Gnomeo and Juliet will be animated in the UK with Academy Award®- nominee Baker Bloodworth (Destino, Lorenzo) serving as producer and guiding the production in London.

Originally scripted by Rob Sprackling and John Smith, Gnomeo and Juliet was brought to Disney several years ago by Rocket Pictures. Scribes Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley penned the current script.