In an interview with the New York Post, LES MISERABLES star Hugh Jackman confirmed that director Cameron Mackintosh has approached him for a potential movie adaptation of MISS SAIGON. Jackman said he has never seen the musical but is "all for it."
Read the full interview here.
As previously reported, Mackintosh said that if the LES MIS film adaptation reaches $500 million in box office receipts, he will invest in a MISS SAIGON adaptation for the silver screen.
A London revival of MISS SAIGON, which made its West End debut in 1989, is currently underway. The sung-through musical's creative team consists of LES MIS collaborators Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby, Jr. based onGiacomo Puccini's popular opera MADAME BUTTERFLY.
Only time will tell if the latest musical transfer is a box office success; LES MIS has its US debut on December 25. Under the direction of Tom Hooper, the film will star Jackman as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway as Fantine, Russell Crowe as Javert, Sacha Baron Cohen as Thernardier, Eddie Redmayne as Marius, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras, Amanda Seyfried as Cosette, Samantha Barks as Eponine, and Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier.
Les Miserables originally opened in London at the Barbican Theatre on 8 October 1985, transferred to the Palace Theatre on 4 December 1985 and moved to its current home at the Queen's Theatre on 3 April 2004. When LES MISERABLES celebrated its 21st London birthday on 8 October 2006, it became the World's Longest Running Musical, surpassing the record previously held by "Cats" in London's West End. In January 2010, The West End production broke another record by celebrating its historic 10,000th performance.