Title: Sir Elton Played by: Phillip Seymour Hoffman Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Due to the passing of Phillip Seymour Hoffman earlier this year, this one is purely hypothetical. But after Hoffman's Oscar-winning portrayal of Truman Capote, it's obvious that the man could play anyone. While there's already an Elton John biopic about his early years in the works, this one would focus tightly on an older Elton, specifically as he's about to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1998. Watching Hoffman rock the red-tinged sunglasses would alone be worth the price of admission. Sir Elton would also depict Elton John's friendship with the British royal family, and how he was affected by the loss of his close friend Princess Diana. This is as much a film about Britain as it is about one of its most revered sons.
Steven Soderbergh is the perfect director for this task, and anyone who saw last year's Behind the Candelabra, his Emmy-winning HBO biopic on Liberace can vouch for that. Soderbergh has been making films that perfectly mix flash and soul, from Traffic to Oceans Eleven, and his style is a great fit for the gaudy yet soulful world which Elton John inhabits.