Hugh Jackman is an amazing performer, and he deserves a movie musical worthy of his talents. I get a little more disappointed every time I think about Les Miserables, but a more exciting opportunity may have arrived with The Greatest Showman on Earth. We last reported on the film back in October 2013 when Bill Condon came on to rewrite the script, which centers on legendary showman and swindler P.T. Barnum (Jackman) and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind a.k.a “The Swedish Nightingale.”
The film is now moving closer to shooting, and there’s just one big oddity about the whole thing: The Greatest Showman on Earth isn’t based on anything. It’s not an adaptation of a stage musical. It’s an original, and we haven’t gotten an original live-action movie musical in a very long time. That could be about to change. Hit the jump for more.