Tom Hooper may move from “Speech” to “Miserables”

By Sean O’Connell Picking your next project after an Oscar win has to be difficult. For “King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper, it might be downright “Miserables.”

The Oscar-winning filmmaker reportedly is in negotiations to helm a big-screen adaptation of the long-running musical “Les Miserables,” Deadline reports.

Hooper would helm the film for Universal Pictures. Cameron Mackintosh would produced the production from his stage take of the timeless musical. This, of course, wouldn’t be the first time “Miserables” would be adapted for the screen. But it would be interesting to see how Hooper approaches the material, if, in fact, he winds up signing on the dotted line. Right now, Hooper’s team “stopped short of saying it would definitively be his next film,” but Deadline seems to think it’s a done deal.

What do you think? Do you want to see Hooper try “Miserables,” or attempt something fresh and new?

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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