Hugh Jackman's P.T. Barnum Musical Finally Shooting Next Summer
It's been over five years since we've heard anything on the development of the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth, the story of the famous three-ring circus creator P.T. Barnum. Last we heard, Hugh Jackman was slated to star in the film, and now Deadline reports the project is finally coming together with a plan to start shooting next summer in New York. This will be the first live-action, original big screen studio musical since The Goonies (though some argue you could count Moulin Rouge), and the most recent script comes from Bill Condon, writer and director of Dreamgirls. But who is directing?
Michael Gracie, known for commercials full of dancing and a giant flash mob put together by Oprah Winfrey and the Black Eyed Peas (watch it here), will make his feature directorial debut on the film that has original songs by Justin Paul & Benz Pasek (of the Tony-nominated musical The Christmas Story), Bonnie McKee, Jake Shear and Brian Lapin. The film follows Barnum as he basically invents show business and the circus we all know today. Apparently Fox is cautiously moving forward with the project, so there's a slight chance it could fall apart (original musicals aren't easy to pull off), but Jackman surely has a lout of clout after giving Fox all his work as Wolverine in the X-Men films. Stay tuned.