Oscar Winner Tom Hooper Directing 'Les Miserables' Musical Next
My name is Jean Valjean. I am a convict from the galleys. Les Mis is back! Deadline reports that Universal has won the bidding war to develop a "full-blown musical adaptation" of Les Miserables, based on Victor Hugo's seminal classic published in 1862, with Oscar winning British director Tom Hooper of The King's Speech looking to direct. While anything could happen with the director over these next few months, since he is getting offers left and right now, Deadline states "this is the first film he's begun negotiations on since winning the Oscar" but were told "it would definitively be his next film." From King's Speech to Les Mis!
Cameron Mackintosh, who brought Les Miserables to the stage in 1985 as the extremely popular musical, is producing this with Working Title partners Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner. The screenplay is apparently already written by Bill Nicholson and the hope is to begin production on the musical before the end of the year, with shooting taking place somewhere in Europe. The musical features popular songs like "I Dreamed A Dream", "On My Own", and "Bring Him Home". Most folks probably read the book in high school and I'm sure many have seen the musical in some form as well. Let's just hope Hooper has a fresh new take on Les Miserables?
While many film fans were upset that Hooper (and The King's Speech) won the Oscar over David Fincher or Darren Aronofsky, I loved The King's Speech and I'm happy with the results, though I would say the same if it was Fincher. I think Hooper is a very talented director on the rise and I'm looking forward to seeing how he'll handle a popular period musical like this. I'm also curious to see how he works with a studio, especially one as abominable as Universal (recently). We'll definitely keep you updated! Anyone a big Les Mis fan?