Re: "King's Speech" director to take on "Les Miserables"
They'll absolutely have to expand that early part of the story, because the musical makes a huge jump from "Valjean repents" to "Valjean owns a factory and is the mayor of a town," and that really won't fly in a movie.
It's been years since I saw it, but didn't the Neeson version do basically that?
Either way, I don't think that's a problem. Movies do time-jumps like that all the time.
"I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are!"
- Homer Simpson