Poor people were so god damn miserable in early nineteenth century France, they just had to sing about it. Academy Award winning director Tom Hooper, excited about his win for The King's Speech, is in serious negotiations to bring his enthusiasm for life down a notch, by directing the big budget musical Les Miserables.

Hooper is in talks to helm the Universal distributed adaptation of the downer musical. The plot contains many different threads, including an ex-con named Jean Valjean who's on the run from policeman Javert. Sacrebleu. In 1998, there was a Les Miserables film starring Liam Neeson, Uma Thurman and Geoffrey Rush, but it was based solely on Victor Hugo's novel and it tanked at the box office. Ya gotta have those catchy tunes. (Variety)