Inside the Fight to Bring ‘Les Mis’ to the Screen


Hollywood Reporter has gone to the musicals: a special edition feature article on Les Misérables details the excruciating process of adapting the novel to musical and – 27 years later – the musical to film. There are quotes and comments from various cast and crew who worked on Les Mis, not to mention anecdotes about on set trauma (including a situation where Hugh Jackman assisted Amanda Seyfried after she fainted). Although not solely about Hugh, it’s a fascinating read. Read the excerpt below before heading to the source for the full, three-page article:

Nate Silver-style analytics made the case for the musical starring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Hugh Jackman.

The road to Hollywood hell is paved with fallen musicals. Since Chicago won the Oscar for best picture in 2003, they’ve landed with Richter-level thuds — from 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera, which earned $51 million, less than its production cost; to 2007’s Sweeney Todd, one of the few failed collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton; to the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer Nine (2009), which positively flatlined.

So it was with some trepidation that Working Title Films, the London-based production company headed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, took on the near-legendary stage musical Les Misérables.