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Jun 15th
05:06 pm
New Project: The Greatest Showman on Earth  
From Variety:

Fox is in negotiations with Zac Efron to join Hugh Jackman in the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth.”

Fox had no comment on Efron’s possible attachment.

The project has been in development since 2009 with Jackman attached. The contemporary musical is set to be scripted by Jenny Bicks (“Sex and the City”) and produced by Laurence Mark and Jackman. Michael Gracey is attached to direct.

Jackman will play the showman with a specialty in hoaxing a gullible public as he creates the three-ring circus that made him famous.

The project is a major priority for the studio given its relationship with Jackman and the lengths it has taken to get the film off the ground. Should Efron’s deal go through, it would serve to solidify the project and give it a shot of momentum.

Yay. Finally some real news on this. He was in New York in February for the project and he's been doing some vocal prep for it too for awhile. And Hugh has been working on it too ofc. The director is really interesting as well, read his­ bio and watch some of his commercials.

Cillit Bang

Lipton Ice Tea with Hugh

T-Mobile Dance

Evian Babies

Samsung Gear S2

Commercial directors haven't always fared so well in full length films but this guy seems to have a great eye and good execution on these choreography sets so I'm really hopeful.

And ofc I'm pleased as punch to have another musical coming *_*
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Bee: Zac - HSM2 BOIjeezbee on June 15th, 2016 10:19 pm (UTC)
Nice to see a more reliable announcement finally coming through, I thought we might get it for Neighbors 2 but it didn't come.... As I said last year, at this point, I don't mind a musical and I love him working with Hugh.

Esp after all those comedies, it's nice to see him doing something different again and if the plot/character info from TB is accurate, his character would also be a change of pace.

I hope they get a green light (from my understanding the financing bit is a challenge) but Zac should help with that. Also good... he's going to be busy for the rest of the year (sort of). As of now, filming is tentatively scheduled for fall but Zac has to do a lot of prep since he hasn't be really singing or dancing for years.

Edited at 2016-06-15 10:20 pm (UTC)
cindiest on June 16th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
If a person can die from happiness this might very well mean my demise. I'll pray for death.

Edited at 2016-06-16 06:28 am (UTC)
Aliciapop86 on June 16th, 2016 10:55 am (UTC)
Are they adapting the musical Barnum into a film? or are they writing original songs and story? This is huge risk for the studio. Barnum is not well-known property outside theater community. There have been touring productions but I don't think Barnum been on Broadway or West-End in years.

It's great Zac is challenging himself, and as long as the director is more like Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) than Tom Hooper (Les Mis) I'm in.
Beejeezbee on June 16th, 2016 11:05 am (UTC)
It's no adoption of the existing musical but a new screenplay/book and new music. So despite being a biopic, it's basically an original musical. I'm curious how they will split up the different life phases over the movie; it seems that they already shifted the focus from Jenny Lind to the founding of the circus which makes sense from a cinematic POV imo. But I can imagine this being also more pricey and difficult (and there have been rumblings that they are still trying to get financing together; and there have been rumors or filming elsewhere with higher incentives).

The director is a newbie and as ehs_wildcats pointed out commercial directors don't always do well in full movies but at least we can say for sure the guy knows how to stage a dance number, so fingers crossed.
Aliciapop86 on June 16th, 2016 11:16 am (UTC)
The studio should have a more experienced director on stand-by. The movie maybe too expensive for a newbie.
kleth on June 16th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
Attention, God of Showbiz: Please make this happen. It will be good for where Zac is right now and what he wants to do.

but I understand the investors' anxiety and hesitations. Musicals of any kind are the biggest gamble you can take in the movie biz. And this sounds like an extra-expensive musical, what with the period settings, including a circus, etc.

But it gets Zac back into the song and dance business without harking back to the HSM era, and it associates him with another A-list star rather than putting him in the lead, where he would get all the blame if the thing is a flop. So I see Zac as happy doing the work and coming out a winner no matter what happens.

Now if only the script calls for him to put on a little weight so he can abandon that horrid diet.
dewgdewg on June 17th, 2016 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm so happy for this project, I heard Anne Hathaway was in this too