Tom Hooper To Work His Movie Musical Magic On Classic Musical Cats


Credit: Universal Pictures
Credit: Universal Pictures

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Tom Hooper, director of the Academy Award- winning movie musical Les Miserables, has plans to add another movie musical to his resume Cats. Working with Universal Pictures and Working Title, Hooper is on board to produce and direct the film. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayword are tapped to produce, as well.

What a time to be alive! Movie musicals are growing in popularity and audiences everywhere are experiencing the happiness that musical theater brings! Cats is an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical and is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a book of poetry written by T.S. Eliot and dedicated to cats with all sorts of different talents and personalities. The musical opened in London’s West End in 1981 and ran for 21 years; and the show had a revival in 2004 when Cats reopened in London. Broadway is getting ready to welcome the show back to the Great White Way from July at the Neil Simon Theatre. Let me break this down for you. I am probably more excited about this than I should be. Some background on me: I have been doing musical theater since I was seven years old. Despite being terrified of cats (the animal) and thinking the whole premise of the musical is pretty bizarre, the music is fantastic. You honestly can’t help but sing, hum, dance, or tap your feet along to the music. Trust me, I’ve tried.

There was a recorded version of the London show released back in the late 90s, with mixed results as it featured a mixture of cast from various international casts. I am absolutely looking forward to the revival, as well as a new film for audiences to hopefully fall in love with. There is a ton of talent on stage and in film right now, so this movie shows a lot of promise. Fingers crossed they break a paw on this one!


Abby Bertrand