For years, Hugh Jackman has been trying to get a musical made about the life of consummate showman P.T. Barnum, the man who invented show business and the three ring circus. According to Deadline, his time may finally have arrived. Apparently the folks at 20th Century Fox are moving forward with a summer 2015 start date on The Greatest Showman on Earth, with Jackman leading the cast as Barnum and hoping to show off his singing skills once again after starring in Les Miserables.
The outlet points out that this will be the first live-action Hollywood musical since Newsies came out in 1992; there have been musicals since then, but all of the live action ones have either been based on existing properties or contained previously songs that were repurposed for their respective films. The Greatest Showman on Earth is a wholly original production – something critics of the studio system have been begging for – and a musical, a genre which seems to be having a small mini-renaissance right now.
Look, Jackman has already proven he has pipes in Les Mis and during his stint hosting The Oscars, and he’s one of the most charismatic actors in Hollywood, so I’m all for him getting to make a passion project and seeing how things turn out. Director Michael Gracey will be making his debut on the project, with Oscar-winner Bill Condon having written the most recent draft of the script. And for those of you who are interested in more specifics, the film’s original songs will be written by Justin Paul & Benz Pasek (who were Tony-nominated for The Christmas Story), Bonnie McKee, Jake Shear, and Brian Lapin.
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