Back in 2012, musical nerds and film fans around the world flocked to see director Tom Hooper's silver screen adaptation of the internationally adored stage sensation Les Miserables. Now, the man who turned one of the most beloved musicals into a cinematic masterpiece wants to take a crack at another long-running Broadway favorite: Cats.
Hooper is currently in talks with Universal Pictures and Working Title to direct and produce Cats: The Movie. The original show, composed by Broadway behemoth Andrew Lloyd Webber is based on the book of poems by T.S. Eliot, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
Movie-goers and critics alike applauded Hooper's bold choice of filming all the Les Mis musical numbers live on set, as opposed to the more common method of recording in a studio and lip-syncing. With a score of Broadway standards like "Memory" and "Jellicle Song For Jellicle Cats," it seems like Hooper's got all the right tools for another hit.
It's early days yet, and there's no word on how close the big screen adaptation will stay to the original. Will the make-up and costume team opt to keep the iconic feline hair and make up of Broadway, or will CGI artists step in to create more realistic-looking cats than we've ever seen before?
With so many questions unanswered, all we can do is wait, speculate, and practice belting out "Memory" in the hopes of an open casting call.
Who do you want to see star in Cats: The Movie?