Les Misérables is yet to even hit our screens, yet renowned producer Cameron Mackintosh, is already setting the world of stage and screen a buzz, with talks of the film adaptation of Miss Saigon to be his next project.
“If Les Mis is a success then Miss Saigon will be made into a film,” Mackintosh recently told British newspaper The Telegraph. “It isn’t confirmed at this point, but there are many people sniffing around and offers coming in. I am in that glorious position where I can redesign and repackage my own work"
Mackintosh produced the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, which opened on April 11, 1991. It had a stellar run of 4,092 shows, spanning almost ten years This marked yet another success for Mackintosh and Les Misérables composers Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil. It remains the eleventh longest-running Broadway show in history and earned Tony Awards for stars Jonathan Pryce and Lea Salonga.
Miss Saigon is set in the time shortly before the fall of Saigon. Years after leaving Vietnam, American soldier Chris, discovers his war bride Kim is still alive and is now raising his son. He returns to Saigon to find her, but with the Viet Cong closing in on the city and other ties at home binding him, Chris is forced to make some large decisions before leaving Vietnam again.
If the hype already generated, surrounding the Boxing Day release of Les Mis is anything to go by, success is almost guaranteed. Better start scouting for your Chris and Kim now Cameron.. 😉
Watch the extended first look from Les Misérables here: