May 6, 2016


'Cats' Musical Becoming a Movie by 'Les Misérables' Director Tom Hooper

Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images
Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Cats is a musical that's not Hamilton. It debuted on London's West End in 1981 and went on to become one of Broadway's longest-running shows ever, with a revival coming this year. And now it shall claw its way to the silver screen.

Variety reports that decorated English director Tom Hooper is helming and producing. The Daily Mail adds that research is being done as to whether to use CGI, live-action or a combo—and that production may not start till late 2017 or early '18. Earlier this year, the U.K.'s Sun newspaper said Hooper was eyeing the project and looking to model/actress Suki Waterhouse (Insurgent, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) as a potential star.

For those unfamiliar with Cats and only familiar with Hamilton, Variety says it is...

"...based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and centers on a tribe of cats called the Jellicles who must decide nightly which one will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life."

Hooper's 2012 Les Misérables adaptation—starring a murderer's row, which includes Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Helena Bonham Carter—was nominated for eight Oscars and won three. Hooper's a real prestige dude, having won the Best Director Oscar for 2010's The King's Speech. He's also nabbed four nods and one win for 2015's The Danish Girl.

This week Hamilton scored the most Tony nominations ever with 16. Just saying!