The LA Times seems to have spies situated deep in the camp of The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper, and they’re spilling all of the beans when it comes to what his next film may be. One shady, unnamed source says that Hooper has already been offered and turned down the chance to direct Iron Man 3. As has been previously reported, Lethal Weapon scribe Shane Black will be the one taking on the further adventures of the red and gold Avenger, so this suggests that Black was not Marvel’s first pick for continuing the series.
What is Hooper going to do instead of a super hero sequel? Well, another source close to the director told the Times that he is considering an offer to direct a film version of Les Misérables. What started as a 1860s era novel by French icon Victor Hugo has spawned countless republishings and adaptations since it’s release, the most famous of which probably being the stage musical of the early 80s. The trench coat wearing, standing in the shadows source intimates that it would be the musical that Hooper would be adapting for the screen here. The last Hollywood adaption of the story was directed by Bill August, came out in 1998, and was not a musical.
Despite this 13-year gap in US Studio releases, over the past hundred years there have been so many TV and film adaptations of Les Mis that I can’t even begin to count them. Maybe there’s like a hundred. I guess that speaks to how played out super hero sequels are getting: Iron Man is old hat, but bring on more Jean Valjean! Or maybe Hooper is just attracted to the project because it has that Western Europe flavor that he has gone for to this point. Even prior to this news he told the Times bloggers that he was “certainly on the lookout” for another historical or period story. One thing is certain, no matter what Hooper chooses to take on next, he should definitely continue directing films and not try to start a crime ring. This guy has leaks all over the place.
Source: 24 Frames