Friday, March 25, 2011

Tom Hooper may bring 'Les Miserables' musical to the screen

In this world where studios want an easily identified property with a built in audience, I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner.  Variety is reporting that Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) is negotiating with Universal Studios to bring the hit stage musical Les Miserables to the big screen.
Les Miserables first hit the stage in France in 1980, but wasn't received well.  Then producer Cameron Mackintosh heard the soundtrack and met with the writers of it and they began working on the stage version that we now know. That production opened in London in 1985 and has been produced around the world thousands of time.  

But a built in audience does not guarantee a hit.  This was proved in 2004 with the movie adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Gerard Butler as 'The Phantom'.

I do hold out high hopes though because I love this show.  (Shut up.)  We'll keep you posted on whether or not this project takes off.

What say you?

POPped at the barricade
Jungle Jesse

Source: Variety             

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