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Tom Hooper to helm big-screen version of 'Cats' musical

By Karen Butler
Tom Hooper to helm big-screen version of 'Cats' musical
Director Tom Hooper attends the Japan premiere for the film "The Danish Girl" in Tokyo on March 9, 2016. File Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- British filmmaker Tom Hooper has signed on to direct and produce a big-screen version of the iconic stage musical Cats.

Also producing the Universal Pictures and Working Title collaboration are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward, Entertainment Weekly said.

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No casting has been announced yet.

The theatrical show -- and its planned film adaptation -- features music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. It is based on T.S. Eliot's poetry volume Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. A revival of the stage musical is scheduled to open in New York this summer.

Hooper's previous films include the lauded The Danish Girl, The King's Speech and Les Miserables.

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