Tom Hooper has been as the director of the upcoming movie adaptation of the highly acclaimed Broadway musical, “Cats.”
He is the filmmaker behind the movie, “The King’s Speech,” which earned him the Best Director accolade in the 2011 Academy Awards.
Working with British actor Colin Firth, Hooper also bagged other awards like Best Director from the Directors Guild of America and a nomination in the same category from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The 46-year-old film director was also behind the success of “The Danish Girl,” a romantic drama film.
The movie centered on the life of transgender 20th-century Danish painter, Lili Elbe, and his partner, fellow artist Gerda Wegener. The film also starred Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne.
Hooper is reportedly one of the producers of “Cats,” alongside Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title Films.
In May 2016, he was tapped as the director of the stage musical based on the book, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by American essayist, T.S. Eliot.
Hooper adapted the most successful Broadway musicals of all time on screen together with “Billy Elliot” screenwriter, Lee Hall.
The British-Australian TV and movie director is expected to employ new technology to transform the star-studded “Cats” cast members into awe-inspiring feline characters.
Among them are well-known entertainers like Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, Dame Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, and Jennifer Hudson.
In the upcoming musical movie project, Hooper will work with its executive producers like three-time Academy Award winner, Steven Spielberg, and musical theater legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The production of “Cats” has started this week at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England.
The screenplay adaptation of the Broadway musical expected to be released in cinemas on December 20, 2019.
In 1981, “Cats” was initially shown in London’s West End theater. Its creative team took it to the United States a year later.
The original Broadway production of “Cats” premiered in 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
For 18 years, the musical, which was originally produced by acclaimed British theatrical producer and theatre owner, Cameron Mackintosh, ran for 7,485 performances.
“Cats” has bagged seven Tony Awards, which comprises Best Musical. Its theme, “Memory,” has been recorded by more than 150 artists including world-renowned ones like Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand.
Since the world premiere of “Cats,” it has been viewed by over 73 million audiences internationally, translated in 15 languages, and shown in more than 30 territories.