THE KING’S SPEECH Director Tom Hooper Close to Choosing LES MISERABLES as Next Film

     March 24, 2011

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Tom Hooper, who just won the Academy Award for Best Director for The King’s Speech, is closing in on his next film. As one would imagine, the director has been carefully weighing the numerous pictures he’s been offered (including Iron Man 3) as his follow up to the Best Picture winner. Last month, it was reported that Hooper was considering tackling a big-budget musical adaptation of Les Miserables. Well, it looks like the Victor Hugo classic may in fact be his next film.

Deadline reports that Hooper is very close to choosing Les Mis as his next directorial effort. The film will be an adaptation of the stage musical, rather than a straight adaptation of Hugo’s novel. William Nicholson (Elizabeth: The Golden Age) wrote the screenplay and Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the stage musical, will be producing the film as well. Apparently Hooper also flirted with an adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s Tulip Fever and a re-telling of Macbeth, but Les Miserables won out in the end. Nothing has been signed yet, but the report states that Hooper is currently in active negotiations for the flick.

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