Star Hugh Jackman has started working on the sequel to the 2017 hit The Greatest Showman. Michael Gracey, the film’s director made it clear that the wheels are moving towards a sequel of the film, as per The Sun.
‘When a movie becomes as big a success as this, it’s only natural there is demand for a sequel,’ Gracey told publication while in London. ‘So those discussions have started and we are working on one right now.’
The Greatest Showman 2 Coming Soon?
Jackman played the time it P.T. Barnum in the film alongside Zac Efron who played Phillip Carlyle and Zendaya, who reprised the role of Anne Wheeler.
Gracey talked about the lengthy eight-year process in making the film, which released on December 20, 2017.
‘There were huge doubts about it for a very long time,’ he said, ‘and some backers withdrew their money.’
The film grossed more than $434 million internationally, and more than $174 million flooding in domestically, according to Box Office Mojo.
“The critics hated it and it was predicted to be a massive flop,’ the source told The Sun. ‘But then people power took over and there hasn’t been a box office sensation like it in years.’
What Hugh Jackman Says About His Role in the film:
50-year old Hugh Jackman got into character as Barnum Wednesday as he performed in the O2 arena for the Brit Awards, as he was flanked by dancers on a lavish stage.
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While talking with BBC, Jackman didn’t deny the sequel when asked if the second instalment is on its way.
‘For an actor I’m a bad liar,’ he said. ‘I have heard talk about it. But I don’t know.’
Jackman told BBC Radio 5 Live that he would go for a sequel under right circumstances.
“If a genuine opportunity came up where it felt like the right thing to do, then yep, I’d get the top hat back out,’ said Jackman, who noted there were complications amid Disney’s plans to purchase 21st Century Fox, which distributed the original.
‘We have a situation in the business where the company that did it has been sold to Disney, so there are a lot of spinning plates right now,’ Jackman told the radio outlet. ‘I’m not sure what they would do, but it did take a while to get the first one up, and it’s not to be underestimated how difficult it is to get a musical up and going.
‘But it’s clear to me and to everyone that people love these characters. I loved this movie, I loved this character and it was one of the great joys of my life.”