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King's Speech director turned down Iron Man 3 for Les Mis?

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Are superhero movies starting to look like 'slumming it' for Oscar-bound directors...?

Tom Hooper headed for Les Misérables?

The LA times is reporting that Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech, could be directing a possible film adaptation of the novel Les Misérables by French author Victor Hugo.

The movie rumour mill reports that he actually turned down Iron Man 3, now probably being helmed by Lethal Weapon writer Shane Black.

Les Misérables has been a long-running London West End and Broadway Musical favourite for many years as well as on Broadway (currently the third longest-running musical), and has been the subject of a potential movie adaptation on many occasions. Alan Parker was thought to be attached to the project in the late 1980s, and in the early 1990s a Tri-Star adaptation with Bruce Beresford at the helm seemed to be in the works. The motion picture adaptation of Victor Hugo's epic of early 19th-century rural France was even promised at the end of the DVD of the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Misérables in 2005.

With no official undertaking of a new production, Hooper may be considering his options at the moment, but as there are high Oscar hopes for the British directing talent, the Les Mis franchise would be in good hands. While Hooper, who started in TV and directed Byker Grove and EastEnders, may have graciously turned down the metallic-red money maker, another Oscar directorial star, Kathryn Bigelow, has also passed on directing the re-imagining of Spider-Man to make the action movie Triple Frontier.

Could these Oscar-carrying directors be shy of comic-book movies despite the run of successful outings, or are they seeing these films as a step down? Perhaps once you have an Oscar, you have more freedom. The other possibility is that they know audiences' thirst for such films will be slaked by the slew of new movie offerings of old favourites such as ThorCaptain America and The Avengers? We shall see.


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