Cats getting a VFX update after less than a week of release!
In a virtually unprecedented move, Universal pictures announced to theaters that the movie Cats will have a visual effects update starting this Sunday! In a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the studio informed theaters that the new version made at the request of director Tom Hooper will be available for satellite download on Sunday. Theaters without server access will receive a new hard drive on Tuesday.
Of course, this course correction for the much-maligned visual effects may be a little too late, as the film is expected to reach a disappointing $ 8 million (projected to reach $ 17 million) and was destroyed by critics with a 19% Rotten Tomatoes score.
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The film stars Tony and Emmy-winning actor and host James Corden (One Man, Two Guvnors, The Late Late Show with James Corden), Oscar-winning actress Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), a multi-selling singer. Platinum. composer Jason Derulo, actor Idris Elba (Emmy and Golden Globe winner), The Wire, BBC One & # 39; s Luther), Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy Award winning artist Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), nominated actor Oscars Ian McKellen (Gods) and Monsters), Emmy and Grammy Award-winning global music icon Taylor Swift, ten-star comedy Rebel Wilson (the Pitch Perfect franchise) and features Francesca Hayward, lead dancer for The Royal Ballet.
Adapted for the screen by Hooper and Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), Cats is produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Hooper and Working Title, as well as Debra Hayward (Les Misérables), who brought the idea to Working Title. The film will be produced by Working Title Films in association with Monumental Pictures and The Really Useful Group and three-time Oscar-winning executive Steven Spielberg, musical legend Lloyd Webber, Angela Morrison (Les Misérables) and Jo Burn (Annihilation) .
One of the longest running shows in West End and Broadway history, London's Cats theater production received its world premiere at the New London Theater in 1981 – where it played for 21 years of record and nearly 9,000 performances. Based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the program won the Olivier and the Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production received seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and lasted an extraordinary 18 years.