Tom Hooper To Direct “Cats” Musical Film

“Les Miserables” and “The Danish Girl ” helmer Tom Hooper is set tackle another film adaptation of an iconic musical, this time a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic “Cats” for Universal Pictures and Working Title says EW.

Premiering in 1981, the musical is inspired by a T.S. Eliot book and follows a group of cats who come together for an annual event where one of the felines is chosen to ascend to the ‘Heaviside Layer’ and be reborn. The musical produced such notable songs as “Memory,” “Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats,” “Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer” and “Mr. Mistoffelees”.

It won Best Musical at both the Laurence Olivier Awards and the Tony Awards and ran for twenty-one years on the West End and eighteen years in London. To this day it remains the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history behind only “Phantom of the Opera,” “Chicago” and “The Lion King” but just above “Les Miserables”.

While many of Webber’s musicals have been adapted for the screen before, “Cats” remains the most obvious exception with the only screen take being a David Mallet-directed 1998 special filming of the stage show.

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward will produce.