Variety reports that Tom Hooper will be working with Universal and Working Title in directing a film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
The musical Cats is based on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and centres 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. The show was first performed in London in 1981 and ran on Broadway from 1987 to 2006. Producers are Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title along with Debra Hayward and Tom Hooper, all of whom last collaborated together on the film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables in 2012, which ended up winning 3 Oscars and earning $440m worldwide.
Hooper is an Oscar winning director (The King’s Speech) and teamed up with Universal and Working Title recently for The Danish Girl and honestly as of now, I can’t see in my head how a live adaptation of Cats will work. Will it be actors in costumes/makeup like the musical? Will it be completely animated? Or will it be a mixture of both? Granted I’m not the audience for this as I’ve attempted Les Misérables (the film adaptation) on numerous occasions and have fallen asleep every time and then I wasn’t a fan of Hooper’s Danish Girl, so I can’t say I’m excited for this film.