Director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is looking to win Oscar gold, and doesn’t have time for any other type of metal. In a recent interview, Hooper said that he was offered the job of directing drunken Tony Stark & pals in Iron Man 3, but turned Marvel down. Then they went to Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). It’s not uncommon practice to hire a drama director with little effects experience to captain a big budget CG explosion fest, with the hope that they’ll direct commanding performances out of those guys with the lines… actors? I think that’s what they’re called. The ones that aren’t explosions.
Not to worry, Hoopertarians. The acclaimed director is considering a different big project: a new film version of the hit Broadway musical Les Miserables. It’s not just a poster in you high school music teacher’s classroom. Les Mis is a not-a-laugh-a-minute show about an ex-convict and other French folks who do a lot of struggling in the 1800s. Judging from the time period alone, it seems more like Hooper’s thing. (Collider, 24 Frames)