Tom Hooper's Adaptation of 'Les Miserables' Possibly Shooting in 3D

September 13, 2011
Source: Market Saw

Les Miserables

The cast just recently officially gained Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter to star alongside Hugh Jackman in Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of Les Miserables, but now the musical might be getting the addition of the third dimension. Market Saw (via is reporting  a strong desire to shoot the story set during the French rebellion of the 19th century in 3D. The source says the information comes from someone "close to the cinematography technology side of things." Considering The Great Gatsby is also heading into the third dimension, it's not all that unconventional to hear this news now.

The decision isn't entirely silly simply because there are several battle scenes that could really pop when shot in 3D. However, for me, the clearest motivation for shooting a musical in 3D would be to evoke the feeling of watching it unfold on stage, just like it was originally intended. This would be Tom Hooper's first 3D film, and while it certainly seems strange to apply the technology to a story taking place in the 19th century, it's not the most ludicrous idea. Stay tuned as more information becomes available, especially as the cast continue to fill out. The film is set for release on December 7th, 2012.

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Why? What is there to gain using the gimmick?

Xerxexx on Sep 13, 2011


Eyes played tricks on me and for a second I thought it read 'Tobe Hooper'.  O.o

Chris on Sep 13, 2011


OK, I'm not just anti-3D all the time - I understand it for SOME movies. But a frelling musical? What the...?

equustel on Sep 13, 2011


Les Mis is such a phenomenon on stage, and with all of the human/tangible action and emotion, I truly believe this is the only reason Hooper considered 3D. And you know what? That's quite alright.

Cracky on Sep 13, 2011


not sure what there is to be gained by this. i agree with Xerxexx. This film is VERY much about the story, not the visual spectacle. And i wouldnt have thought Tom Hooper would be excited about this.

indiefilmfund on Sep 13, 2011


The "battle scenes" consist mainly of student revolutionaries and French soldiers shooting at each other on a street in Paris. There's NO reason to make this in 3D except to tack more money onto the ticket price. Must be the studio pushing the idea. As for recreating the theatrical experience, if I wanted to see the stage version, I'd see the stage version.

Anonymous on Sep 13, 2011


Han no. WHY ?! W-H-Y ?!

Miz Fan on Sep 13, 2011


Les Miserables in 3D! Just in case you wanted it to be like a real musical and have the actor's spit fly out at you! 

gpak on Sep 14, 2011


I do not understand everyone's anti-3D sentiment. Can someone explain it to me? When done tastefully 3D can (literally) add depth and texture to film which makes the medium seem so much more tangible and beautiful to me. I've seen many films in 3D and yes, while some of the time it is unnecessary I don't think it does any harm. Please explain.

UponTheseStones on Sep 14, 2011


Its in my opinion just a cheap gimmick that is there only to spike the admission ticket. Its a distraction and pretty annoying. The fact that pro-3-D advocates are pushing 3-D as the norm for cinema is not something that should happen seeing as not everyone can experience 3-D.

Xerxexx on Sep 14, 2011


But the spike in ticket is in relation to the cost to produce andscreen the film. There is a minimal net monetary gain for making the film 3D.

my2cents on Sep 15, 2011


WHY?!  Why must everything be in 3D now?!  Don't do it, please.  I think it'll take away from the story.

Kelly on Sep 15, 2011

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