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Tom Hooper happy to have Les Miserables for next film

Mar. 25, 2011by:

When you win an Oscar, you always have you choice of projects afterward, and now KING'S SPEECH director Tom Hooper seems to have found his.

Universal has won the battle over a LES MISERABLES film, which they're having Hooper direct. The story has seen many adaptations on stage and film, and Hooper's version with be a full-on musical version of the story based on Cameron Mackintosh's play.

Mackintosh is producing and Bill Nicholson has written the script. They want to start production before the end of the year somewhere in Europe.

For those of you not familiar with the classic (I last saw the movie like 10 years ago so I needed a refresher, here's the SparkNotes version of the original story:

Les Misérables contains many plots, but the main thread is the story of ex-convict, Jean Valjean (known by his prison number, 24601), who becomes a force for good in the world, but cannot escape his dark past. The novel is divided into five volumes, each volume divided into books, and subdivided into chapters (for a total of three hundred sixty-five chapters). It also contains what is considered the longest sentence in a published novel. Within the borders of the novel's story, Hugo fills many pages with his thoughts on religion, politics, and society, including several lengthy digressions, one being a discussion on enclosed religious orders, one on the construction of the Paris sewers, another being on argot, and most famously, his retelling of the Battle of Waterloo.

Fun times!

Extra Tidbit: Still say Fincher should have won. Best Picture and Actor was enough.
Source: Deadline

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3:47AM on 03/27/2011

Don't Really Care...

about Tom Hooper. Biggest bullshit Oscar win. He showed you can have great actors and a decent story, point the camera and get accolades for directing. Say David Fincher and Chris Nolan's filmography out loud and it is baffling to wonder why those two have zero statues and this chump has one over the both of them.
about Tom Hooper. Biggest bullshit Oscar win. He showed you can have great actors and a decent story, point the camera and get accolades for directing. Say David Fincher and Chris Nolan's filmography out loud and it is baffling to wonder why those two have zero statues and this chump has one over the both of them.
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7:54PM on 03/25/2011
What a let down. Hooper is the British Ron Howard, minus anything good to his resume.

Why not hire someone with a bit of vision, or at least an eye for good visuals?
What a let down. Hooper is the British Ron Howard, minus anything good to his resume.

Why not hire someone with a bit of vision, or at least an eye for good visuals?
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7:32PM on 03/25/2011
Finally! Totally excited for this....I mean 24601 is in my screen name for a reason.
Finally! Totally excited for this....I mean 24601 is in my screen name for a reason.
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7:24PM on 03/25/2011
I loved the film with Liam Neeson and Geoffry Rush, great performance by 2 great actors. I haven't read the book or seen the musical, but I would be open a film version of the musical.
I loved the film with Liam Neeson and Geoffry Rush, great performance by 2 great actors. I haven't read the book or seen the musical, but I would be open a film version of the musical.
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5:09PM on 03/25/2011
I'm not sure if a movie version would work but still, this is my all-time favourite musical for two reasons:
- I love the music.
- It is based on one of the best stories ever written.

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My father is a theatre director and he directed this musical two times. I've seen it at least 20 performances of it...
I'm not sure if a movie version would work but still, this is my all-time favourite musical for two reasons:
- I love the music.
- It is based on one of the best stories ever written.

ps:
My father is a theatre director and he directed this musical two times. I've seen it at least 20 performances of it...
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4:08PM on 03/25/2011

Enough with this musical already

Sure, it was fine - but the book is so much better, and we already have a fine film adaptation of that.
Sure, it was fine - but the book is so much better, and we already have a fine film adaptation of that.
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4:56PM on 03/25/2011
Which film adaptation did you mean?
Which film adaptation did you mean?
1:49PM on 03/25/2011
This is great news indeed, I wonder if Patrick Wilson will be asked to be involved.
This is great news indeed, I wonder if Patrick Wilson will be asked to be involved.
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1:36PM on 03/25/2011

finally

this is probably the most wanted musical film the fans want. We dont give a crap about "Rock of Ages", give us Les Mis. And Tom Hopper is the type of director that this movie needs.
this is probably the most wanted musical film the fans want. We dont give a crap about "Rock of Ages", give us Les Mis. And Tom Hopper is the type of director that this movie needs.
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