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Ready for Yet Another "Les Mis"? Tom Hooper Is



    Coming off his Best Director win for "The King's Speech," Tom Hooper is trying to line up his next project, a film adaptation of one of the most adapted stories ever.

    Hooper is in talks to direct what would be--by Wikipedia's count--the 54th film or TV version of "Les Miserables," according to Variety.

    As much we liked Hooper's "The Kign Speech," we loved his previous effort, "The Damned United." After finding to such original stories, we find Hooper opting "Les Mis" to be sort of a letdown.

    The story of Jean Valjean being hunted his whole life for stealing a loaf of bread has been done to death. And the last time it hit the silver screen, in 1998, it starred Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes (when she was famous), ad nobody cared. Critics liked it OK, but it made a measly $14 million.

    "The King's Speech"

    [NATL] "The King's Speech"
    Colin Firth stars as Prince Albert, a man with a crippling speech impediment who suddenly finds himself the king of a nation on the brink of war. Co-stars Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter.
    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010)

    We're not saying Hooper doesn't have it in him to do a good "Les Mis," but surely there's a fresher, more interesting story out there for his talents.