The other day while I was obsessively watching all video content available related to the upcoming Les Miserables movie, I came across a comment to the effect of, “I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY MADE IT A MUSICAL.” Which, um, you’re a little late to be indignant about that.
Lest you think me a monster, I could totally understand if, say, you were a fan of the book but hate musicals, and so were disappointed. However, I would probably still think, “Tough luck, suckah!” Because did you know that there have been over 60 straight film adaptations of the book, and exactly zero film adaptations of the musical? Yeah, it’s the musical’s turn.
Granted, those movie adaptations date back to 1897 and I doubt most of them are available in any form. But here’s a snapshot of what’s happened in my lifetime alone (source):
In 1978, there was a UK TV movie starring Anthony Perkins.
In 1980, the French stage musical opened.
In 1982, there was a French dramatic version which was re-released in 1985 for television.
Also in 1985, the English version of the musical opened in London. It opened on Broadway in 1987.
There were various foreign films over the rest of the 1980s and early 90s, including a French television cartoon in 1992.
In 1995, a filmed concert of the Broadway show was released.
In 1998, the Liam Neeson movie.
In 2000, a French mini-series starring Gerard Depardieu, followed by an English TV version of the same.
In 2007, this Japanese animated series happened. I am dying to see it.
In 2010, another concert-style movie.
Unless you count the two filmed concerts (which DO NOT COUNT), there have been at least 13 non-musical adaptations (some of them truer to the novel than others). IT’S ABOUT TIME!