In 2009, after Hugh Jackman‘s successful Oscar-hosting stint, Fox announced development of The Greatest Showman on Earth, a film about P.T. Barnum that would star Hugh Jackman as the classic American huckster and businessman. We’ve heard nothing about the project since, but it is still a concern over at Fox. And it isn’t just any old biopic — this is a musical, put together by John Palermo, Laurence Mark and screenwriter Jenny Bicks, all of whom worked on Jackman’s Oscar telecast.

Now a director has been hired: effects and commercial veteran Michael Gracey, who was recently set to direct Disney’s Snow White film The Order of the Seven. Read More »

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Did Fox and Hugh Jackman just checkmate Columbia’s plan for a PT Barnum biopic, the pitch for which was announced only weeks ago? It would seem so. Variety says that Fox has tapped Jackman to be the lead in The Greatest Showman on Earth, a musical take on Barnum’s life and business. That is a surprise and it isn’t. Casting Jackman as a singing, dancing lead isn’t rocket science, but why would any studio bankroll this project right now, no matter how determined Jackman might be to bring a couple musicals to the screen? Read More »

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