Contender – Director Tom Hooper, Les Misérables
How does one follow up an Oscar-winning directorial effort, much less one as lauded as The King’s Speech? Such was Tom Hooper’s dilemma as he chose his subsequent project. However, good fortune befell him when he was offered a widely beloved stage musical to adapt into a major feature film. Les Misérables was the classic Victor Hugo story, often filmed throughout the 20th century, but never set to the music and lyrics of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Their show, which debuted in London in 1987 before its inevitable Broadway run, followed by numerous international tours, had long been ripe for a film musical but had never fully come together. With Hooper aboard, the production was a go and success was inevitable — but not before several crucial production decisions were made.

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Posted Thu, Nov 29 2012 10:59 AM by Below the Line
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