Tom Hooper, fresh off his best-director Oscar win for “The King’s Speech,” is in talks to direct an adaptation of the musical “Les Miserables” that Universal will distribute.
Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the musical’s original Blighty stage run, will produce along with working title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. Bill Nicholson will pen the script.
Based on the Victor Hugo novel, the story follows ex-con Jean Valjean as he tries to outrun his relentless pursuer Javert.
“Les Mis” was last brought to the bigscreen in 1998, but managed only $14 million at the domestic box office despite a cast that included Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman.
Hooper is repped by ICM.