20th Century Fox is reportedly eyeing a Summer 2015 start of production date for the original musical “The Greatest Showman On Earth” starring Hugh Jackman.
Deadline reports that the studio is going through the budgeting process and is expected to start making deals with talent ahead of a shoot in New York next year.
Jackman stars as master showman PT Barnum in the project which is said to be the first original, fully-fledged, live-action movie musical (with original songs) made by a studio since 1992 (Moulin Rouge, Once, Inside Llewyn Davis, The Muppets, Enchanted, etc. apparently don’t count). The story deals with Barnum’s invention of show business and ultimately the three-ring circus.
Michael Gracie is helming the project, while the likes of Jonathan Tropper and Bill Condon have worked on the script. Condon’s “Dreamgirls” producer Laurence Mark is also onboard to produce this.
Jackman is currently drawing rave reviews for his performance in Jez Butterworth’s stage play “The River”.