The Danish Girl and Les Miserables director Tom Hooper to helm Cats

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: May 06, 2016 15:32 IST
Tom Hooper won an Academy Award for Best Director for The King’s Speech.

After Les Miserables, director Tom Hooper is eyeing another stage to screen musical adaptation by bringing Cats to the big screen.

The 43-year-old filmmaker is attached to direct and produce the movie for Universal Pictures and Working Title, reported Entertainment Weekly.

Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and first performed in 1981, Cats is one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history and will be back on stage in New York this summer.

Watch Memory from Cats here

Based on TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a volume of whimsical poems, it centres on a tribe of cats who congregate for an annual event in which one feline is chosen to ascend to heaven and be reborn.

Watch a clip from Hooper’s Les Miserables here

Webber’s score features such musical theatre standards as Memory and the show’s opening number, Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats.

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Hooper, who won a directing Oscar for The King’s Speech and most recently helmed The Danish Girl, has been linked to a potential Cats movie for several months.

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