None of us has seen a single frame of the Cats movie, but the film community seems obsessed with the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical – for all the wrong reasons. Rather than have the actors dress up in cat costumes like the musical, the movie is employing tech to digitally turn the cast into realistic-looking cat-people. It’s either going to look really good, or really bad. Pop icon Taylor Swift, one of the stars of the movie, recently revealed that to prepare for her part, she had to enroll in cat school. How can you not want to see this movie at this point?
‘Cats’ Will Bring the Musical to Life With Motion-Capture Performances and Oversized Sets [CinemaCon 2019]
Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 by /Film Staff
Featuring spandex-wearing anthropomorphic cats and a barebones plot, Cats is possibly one of the strangest Broadway musicals to hit the Great White Way. And now it’s about to become one of the most baffling feature film musicals. Directed by Tom Hooper in his second movie musical following Les Miserables, Cats has an unfairly stacked cast including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, and Judi Dench.
While the prospect of seeing Judi Dench in spandex is tempting, with Hooper’s moodily realistic approach to musicals, it seems like that sadly won’t be the case. /Film’s own Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson are attending CinemaCon is Las Vegas this year and they learned that Cats will be a visual-effects heavy movie that uses motion capture technology and oversized sets to transform the actors into something closer to actual felines. Yes, really.
Posted on Monday, November 19th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Much like a real cat batting at a loud paper bag in the dead of night, the Cats movie doesn’t know when to quit. Tom Hooper‘s film adaptation of the long-running stage musical continues to add surprising, unexpected cast members. The latest addition to the Cats movie cast: Rebel Wilson, who will play Jennyanydots (all the cats have goofy names; we’re just going to have to accept this; thanks a lot, T.S. Eliot).
Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench is the latest performer to join the cast of Tom Hooper‘s Cats movie musical. She’ll play a gender-swapped version of the Jellicle cats’ leader, Old Deuteronomy. She also has some interesting history with this show that makes her casting here seem like a nice “full circle” moment in her impressive career. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 by Ben Pearson
People dressed in cat suits dance across a trash heap, singing about which of them will be chosen by the Jellicle Leader. An armored figure steps from the shadows. It’s Idris Elba‘s Stacker Pentecost from Pacific Rim, and he’s here to cancel the catpocalypse. /daydream
Back in reality, Idris Elba is the latest actor to come on board Les Miserables director Tom Hooper‘s Cats movie musical, joining an eclectic cast of performers who range from Taylor Swift to Sir Ian McKellen. And as interesting as a multi-franchise crossover would be, Elba probably won’t be reprising his Pacific Rim role in this movie. (Probably.) Read more about the long-in-the-works Cats film below.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 by Hoai-Tran Bui
Update: HBO, perhaps noting that they will soon have an epic fantasy-shaped hole in their schedule when Game of Thrones ends next year, has joined the production of BBC’s His Dark Materials. According to Deadline, the prestigious American network will act as a co-producer on the series, distributing it outside of the United Kingdom. Our original story continues below.
Fans of Philip Pullman‘s formidable fantasy series His Dark Materials have been nervously anticipating the BBC’s lavish adaptation — and for good reason. The first attempt at adapting the ambitious three-book saga about two children who take on the Kingdom of Heaven was an expensive dud that squandered its perfect cast.
Now BBC’s His Dark Materials has recruited a promising cast, an Oscar-winning director, and an equally lofty budget, but the question remains: Will it be good? BBC seems to think so, renewing His Dark Materials for a second season before the show even hits the airwaves. Now that’s something that even an alethiometer couldn’t have foreseen.
Posted on Friday, August 31st, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
The Cats movie has coughed-up a release date that will put it directly up against Star Wars: Episode 9. There was a time when other studios would flee from a Star Wars release date like a feline during a thunderstorm. But perhaps Universal is feeling frisky after the Solo underperformance. Which means you can now expect Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation starring Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellan to give Episode 9 a run for its money at the Christmas 2019 box office. More on the Cats movie release date below.
Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 by Chris Evangelista
Philip Pullman‘s His Dark Materials series is getting adapted for the screen, again. The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will helm a new BBC adaptation of the YA fantasy series, and Logan breakout Dafne Keen will star. Also, rumor has it that Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda has joined the cast as well. More on the new His Dark Materials adaptation below.
Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After bringing Les Misérables to the big screen back in 2012, earning a Best Picture nomination and a Best Supporting Actress win for Anne Hathaway, director Tom Hooper has his sights set on another iconic Broadway musical that first debuted in the 1980s.
Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s musical Cats will get the big screen treatment from Tom Hooper, who will both produce and direct the film for Universal Pictures and Working Title. If you’re somehow not familiar with Cats, or you only know the title, hit the jump for some details. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 by Jack Giroux
After years of working on the Freddie Mercury biopic, Sacha Baron Cohen parted ways with the project over “creative differences.” Cohen envisioned a warts-and-all, honest bio film, but the remaining members of Queen, unfortunately, were not supportive of that vision.
Below, Sacha Baron Cohen discusses what went wrong with the long-awaited Freddie Mercury biopic, which David Fincher wanted to direct at one point.