Les Miserables' Tom Hooper to adapt Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats for screen

Suki Waterhouse is currently being sought for a role in a cinematic adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic Broadway show

Clarisse Loughrey
Friday 06 May 2016 11:01
Rum Tum Tugger is to return as a 'street cat' in Lloyd Webber's revised West End production
Rum Tum Tugger is to return as a 'street cat' in Lloyd Webber's revised West End production

Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical Cats is getting a cinematic adaptation; perfect for people who want to see Cats, but whose greatest fear is forced audience interaction.

Les Miserables' Tom Hooper will both produce and direct the project, Variety reports; meaning there's a likely hope his Oscar-nominated musical success will be repeated here, albeit with furry little creatures as opposed to revolutionary French folk.

Webber's musical has been a gargantuan hit throughout the years on stage, becoming one of the longest-running shows of all time. In that light, a cinematic adaptation seemed inevitable; yet, it's still a fairly odd choice to be picked up for a prestige director considering it's such an internally bizarre production, classic hit "Memory" aside.

Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show tells the story of the Jellicle tribe of cats and the night they make what is called "the Jellicle choice", in which a decision is made as to which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life.

Which leaves the inevitable question as to whether we'll be having a bunch of actors voicing CGI cats, or whether we'll be getting the terrifying cat costume and make-up choices of the stage show invading our every waking nightmare.

It's very early days so far on the project, but The Sun first reported in February that model/actress Suki Waterhouse was being sought for a role.

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