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Tom Hooper to helm LES MISERABLES

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 25th, 2011

Tom Hooper

Coming hot off the heels of his Oscar win for Best Director, KING’S SPEECH director Tom Hooper has found his next film.

According to Deadline, Hooper is currently in talks with Universal and Working Title to helm their long-gestating adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel, Les Miserables. Hooper has been attached to the project for a while now, but has seen a few other projects crop up. Films like THE LADY WHO WENT TOO FAR (teaming him back up with SPEECH writer David Seidler) and TULIP FEVER, are all waiting in the wings, but this one appears to be taking priority.

The story follows “the struggle by ex-con Jean Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. The musical, which opened in London in 1985, features such songs as I Dreamed A Dream, On My Own, and Bring Him Home.” Personally, I think this is a really fantastic fit for the filmmaker, and one film that I think could be really great. He has the perfect sense of style and aesthetic to fit a film like this, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to check this thing out.

What do you think?

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