Tom Hopper Doing “Les Miserables”

Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper has begun negotiations to direct a film adaptation of the stage musical version of “Les Miserables” for Universal Pictures and Working Title reports Variety.

The 1985 stage musical, which itself is an adaptation of the 1862 Victor Hugo novel, follows the struggle by ex-con Jean Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. Famous songs from the production include “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own”.

The aim is to begin production somewhere in Europe before the end of the year. Cameron Mackintosh, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Bill Nicholson penned the script.