The Man Behind the Les Misérables Movie Is Bringing the Cats Musical to the Big Screen

The cast of Cats from a 2007 production in Warsaw. Image via Wikipedia, shared through Creative Commons.

Not content with the litany of accolades he received in 2012 for bringing the classically morbid musical Les Misérables to the silver screen, director Tom Hooper is now turning his eyes towards Cats as his latest movie. Be prepared to hear “Memory” an awful lot over the next few years.

Based on T.S. Eliot’s cat-themed poem anthology Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the 1981 broadway adaptation by Andrew Lloyd Webber managed to somehow turn the collection into a story about a civilization of anthropomorphic cats who take part in an annual ritual to ascend one of their own kind to be reborn in Heaven. And, you know, sing a lot while doing so.


As well as directing the movie, which is still in its earliest stages, Hooper will produce alongside Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward, and Tim Bevan. No details on just how Hooper will bring the feline stars to life, but we can probably expect something much weirder than Les Misérables.

If you’re one of the many people who think Cats is goofy as hell and/or terrible—io9's own Katharine Trendacosta let out a keening wail of anguish when she first heard the news—there is a silver lining. Hooper is undoubtedly going to hire big-name Hollywood stars for the movie. These stars will be forced to dress like spandex-loving cat-people hybrids, as seen in the photo up top. These photos will be amazing.

[Entertainment Weekly]

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