After bringing the iconic musical “Les Miserables” to the big screen to the tune of $441.8 million dollars worldwide and eight Academy Award nominations, Oscar-winning filmmaker Tom Hooper is set to get back in the musical game by bringing Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running sensation “Cats” to theaters. The project is coming together under Universal Pictures and Working Title, two companies Hooper has had much success with thanks to “Les Miserables” and last year’s award winner “The Danish Girl.” The Wrap first reported the film’s development.
Based on T.S. Eliot’s collection of poems “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Cats” is famous for introducing the world to the standard “Memory” and for being the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history with 7,485 performances. The first production of the musical opened in London’s West End in 1981 and starred Elaine Paige and Betty Buckley. It opened on Broadway two years later and won the Tony Award for Best Musical, among six other major prizes. No feature film of the musical has ever been made, though a made-for-television film was released in 1998.
Hooper already has experience with musical adaptations thanks to “Les Miserables,” but he’s perhaps best known for winning the Oscar for “The King’s Speech.” He recently found awards success just last year with the transgender drama “The Danish Girl,” which led supporting actress Alicia Vikander to her first Oscar. Hooper has been attached to the project for quite some time, but it seems that the ball is finally moving with the two studios coming on board. Further details are being kept under wraps for now.
Watch the trailer for “The Danish Girl” below: