Huffington Post reports that a 2015 film release is being planned for the musical Jekyll & Hyde. The producers are supposedly emboldened by the current success of Les Miserables and are hoping the same reception will greet the 1997 musical.
I think that the timing of the release of Les Miserables is a great factor in its becoming a megahit, earning “$282 million worldwide since its debut on Christmas Day” and being “nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman and Best Supporting Actor for Anne Hathaway.”
In my opinion, the current economic downturn being experienced by a huge magnitude of people all over the world makes the turmoil and suffering in Les Miserables more keen for its audience, and offers hope that circumstances may not seem as bleak; or, even if they are, one must have faith that the future holds better.
Jekyll & Hyde, on the other hand, although brilliant, may suffer in its grosses due to its subject. I hope the Jekyll & Hyde producers will minimize their expectations and keep the costs down, which may translate to modest profits, enough to encourage another film adaptation of a musical.
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