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CaptainCanada March 27 2011 04:23 AM

"King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"
 
The Guardian:
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Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of the King's Speech, looks set to take on a big-screen adaptation of long-running musical Les Miserables, reports Deadline.

Speculation has linked Hooper to a number of projects, including Les Mis, since his Academy Awards triumph. However, according to Deadline the British film-maker has now begun negotiations with Universal Pictures to adapt the stage hit for what could well be his next film. Bill Nicholson, the Oscar-nominated writer of Gladiator and Shadowlands, will take on script duties.
Hooper's spokesperson has subsequently confirmed Deadline's report.

Les Miserables is one of the most successful musicals in history, but plans to bring it to the screen have been chronically unsuccessful; there was a fairly serious attempt in the early 90s, first under Sir Alan Parker (Fame, Mississippi Burning, subsequently Evita) and then Bruce Beresford (Tender Mercies, Driving Miss Daisy). Can Hooper at last pull this off?

I hope so, because it's a great musical with several of the most iconic songs of the last quarter-century. Admittedly, it'll be a bit of a squeeze to get a film of manageable length.

Kestrel March 27 2011 04:43 AM

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Hmm... good luck with it. The musical's three hours long and it barely covers the major parts of Hugo's book. And I wouldn't want them to cut anything out of it.

Glad they're adapting the musical though. As good as Neeson and Rush were as Valjean and Javert respectively, the way that movie adaptation was structured (and ended!) was... not so good.

DBR March 30 2011 10:25 AM

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I haven't seen any of the earlier theatrical incarnations of Les Mis, but they have to get Alphie Boe: he's amazing as Val Jean!

CaptainCanada March 30 2011 06:19 PM

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The only real movie star I can think of who could handle the male lead roles would be Hugh Jackman, who I could see in either of the leads, but I think would be best as Javert.

Turbo March 31 2011 02:35 AM

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DBR wrote: (Post 4849024)
I haven't seen any of the earlier theatrical incarnations of Les Mis, but they have to get Alphie Boe: he's amazing as Val Jean!

Agreed; I was blown away by his performance in the 25th anniversary concert. He's still not as good as Colm Wilkinson, but then again, nobody is.

On a related note, I think that Norm Lewis is a fantastic Javert; he might be the best one I've seen.

Unicron March 31 2011 02:50 AM

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Yeah, I've seen Colm's performance in the 10th Anniversary version. I still consider that one of my favorite incarnations, as I think just about everyone in the cast was great. I saw some of the 25th Anniversary on TV recently, and while I'm sure those performers are well talented, it wasn't the same.

ClayinCA March 31 2011 07:45 PM

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Making a movie out of Les-Miserables-the-musical has been planned for so long that I can recall my college girlfriend and I speculating in horror that some wrongheaded executive would cast Kenny Rogers as Jean Valjean. (And if that doesn't tell you how long ago it was, I'll just point out that I'm in my forties now... :p)

Turbo March 31 2011 08:48 PM

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Another note on the 25th Anniversary concert: it's very weird seeing Lea Salonga play Fantine; I'm so used to her as Eponine. But she does a fantastic job.

RandyS April 1 2011 01:37 AM

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There hasn't been a decent adaption since Orson Welles did it.

Although the Liam Neeson movie wasn't so bad.

Kestrel April 1 2011 01:52 AM

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Wasn't so bad - except that it ended with Javert throwing himself off the bridge in front of Valjean and Valjean walking away happy! :brickwall:

Unicron April 1 2011 03:18 AM

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Turbo wrote: (Post 4852957)
Another note on the 25th Anniversary concert: it's very weird seeing Lea Salonga play Fantine; I'm so used to her as Eponine. But she does a fantastic job.

I thought that kind of looked like her, but I wasn't sure. I remember seeing an interview once where she mentioned being interested in taking up Fantine's role. But she does a great job with Eponine in the 10th Anniversary version.

CaptainCanada April 1 2011 03:24 AM

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Unless it can't be scheduled, I imagine the studio will be hungry to have Lea Michele as Eponine in the film version.

Kestrel April 1 2011 03:39 AM

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^ Ooh, good idea! She does a great Eponine.

Vanyel April 1 2011 08:48 AM

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After hearing her sing in 2 Academy Award broadcasts, I'd like to see Anne Hathaway in it, either as Éponine or Cosette.

ClayinCA April 1 2011 08:26 PM

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Anne Hathaway as Cosette and Lea Michele as Eponine...I could see that.


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