Universal held the world premiere of “Cats” in New York on Monday night and director Tom Hooper revealed at the event that he didn’t complete the film until hours before it was unleashed.
Hooper tells Variety: “I finished it at 8 a.m. yesterday after 36 hours in a row. I just put the finishing touches on. So, I’m very happy to be here with it fully finished. The premiere should be the first time people get to see it, and this is genuinely a premiere.”
Indeed the film began to roll out for global press a few hours later, such as screening in Sydney and Melbourne in Australia last night, though embargoes are up preventing any reaction or reviews going up until Wednesday evening U.S. time.
The big-screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s smash musical required heavy post-production work with its digital fur technology. The trailers for the film have famously caused all sorts of ruckus, but Hooper stands by the product saying: “Let the audience decide, but I think we’ve come a long way since that first trailer.”