Rocketman came out in theaters in the United Kingdom on May 22, 2019, and in the United States on May 31, 2019. It is a biographical musical based on the life of Elton John. In this movie, the role of Elton John is played by Taron Egerton. It begins when he was a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, and Kit Connor and Matthew Illesley play him in his early years when he went by the name of Reginald Dwight.
Rocketman has been a huge success in the theaters. So far, it has grossed $165 million worldwide, even though it only had a budget of $40 million. It has received excellent reviews, with an aggregate score of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. It was also nominated for the Queer Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Rocketman candidly addresses the fact that Elton John is gay, and it does have a scene portraying gay male sex. It also portrays his struggle with addiction and recovery.
This stirred up a bit of controversy abroad. The film has been banned in Samoa. In Russia, several scenes were cut from this film in Russia, removing all references to homosexuality and drug use. This sparked a heated discussion between Elton John himself and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the media and over Twitter. President Putin also expressed confusion at recent theories concerning gender diversity in this discussion.
Rocketman is being distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was written by Lee Hall and directed by Dexter Fletcher.
Will Rocketman be coming to Netflix in the U.S.?
If you want to wait to see Rocketman at home with your Netflix account, will you be able to?
It is too soon to know if Rocketman will be coming to Netflix in the U.S., but it might. On the other hand, if it does, it will not be for a long time.
Streaming rights are complicated, and they often involve complicated negotiations between Netflix and distribution companies. In some cases, shows come to Netflix in some regions but not in others.
In the U.S, Paramount Pictures has a contract with Netflix’s competitor, Hulu, that runs until 2020. Some of its films also go to Amazon Prime Video.
On the other hand, last year, Paramount Pictures also struck a deal with Netflix to produce films for Netflix. Also, Paramount’s parent company, Viacom) has been working closely with Netflix, and giving this streaming service its animated titles and content from Nickelodeon.
Will Rocketman be coming to Netflix in other regions?
There is a good possibility that Rocketman will come to Netflix in at least some other regions.
In the U.K., Rocketman will probably go first to Sky and Now TV for a limited time. After that, Rocketman will probably come to Netflix.
Rocketman is very likely to come to Netflix in Canada.
In Australia, the situation is a bit more uncertain. There have been some Paramount films that have come to Netflix from this region, but they have been few and far between. It might go to Amazon Prime and Foxtel instead. It is too soon to know.