Sunday, April 21, 2024

Elton John-Princess Diana Connection 24 Years Later Produces Meghan Markle-David Furnish Movie Project


It will be 24 years since Princess Diana was killed by the Palace– er, died in a car accident in Paris.

Diana’s friendship with Sir Elton John is legendary, and has obviously gone on past her death. Elton remains great friends with Diana’s sons, William and Harry.

Now Harry’s wife, Meghan Markle, is going into business with David Furnish, Elton’s husband and partner. Sounds like a great idea! If they’re lucky, maybe they’ll get a new Elton John song for their film. (Hmmmm….)

Meghan and Harry’s Archewell Productions announced today that it is developing a new animated series for Netflix. Created by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, “Pearl” (working title) will be a family series that centers on the adventures of a 12-year-old girl, who is inspired by a variety of influential women from history. Markle, aka The Duchess of Sussex, will serve as an executive producer alongside David Furnish, Dan Cogan, and Liz Garbus.

David is one of the most capable producers in literally the world. He keeps the Elton John AIDS Foundation going. He also produced “Rocketman,” the hit movie of Elton’s life, and the animated film “Gnomeo and Juliet.”

In a statement, Furnish said:“I am delighted that we are finally able to announce this exciting animated series. Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex and I are deeply passionate about bringing the inspirational and positive stories of extraordinary women from around the world to a global audience of all ages. The team collaborating on the series are first class, and Netflix are the perfect partner.”

These people are smart– they’re keeping it “in the family.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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