Variety has the news that Hugh Jackman will star as P.T. Barnum in an original movie musical called Showman. Jenny Bicks, a Sex And The City vet who worked with Jackman during the Academy Awards will script with an eye toward casting Anne Hathaway as Barnum's love interest.
Hey, let's back up a minute: A musical written for movies first and not the stage? How long's it been? Star? Newsies? Variety even has to break out some now-unfamiliar Variety-ese to help explain the project:
The musical follows the old Hollywood tradition in which tuners were scripted with specific actors in mind.
So original tuners may be making a comeback. Who'd have guessed?