Tom Hooper is going back in time. Once again. Will he find more gold?
The Oscar-winning director of "The King's Speech" is closing in on directing a Universal-produced big screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo novel and Broadway show "Les Miserables," Deadline reports. It would be the first project for the British director since "The King's Speech" swept the Academy Awards in February, winning Best Film and delivering Hooper and lead actor Colin Firth Oscars, as well.
Period costume drama seems to have become Hooper's speciality; before he hit big with "The King's Speech," Hooper won an Emmy for directing HBO's Helen Mirren-starring two-part miniseries, "Elizabeth I," in 2006; in 2008, he came across the pond to helm the network's seven part Paul Giamatti-led miniseries, "John Adams," also a big winner at the Emmys.
"The King's Speech," of course, is about King George VI in the run up to World War II, while "Les Miserables" focuses on a French revolt in the 1800s. The Huffington Post's Jonathan Kim spoke to Hooper about his historical chops, among other things, in a recent interview, which you can watch here.
For more on the new project, click over to Deadline.