The new film hopes to cash in on the popularity of musical adaptations to film.
Over the past few years, Hollywood has struggled with producing films that connect with audiences. After several consecutive films flopped or disappointed, it was the modern musical that ultimately saved the industry. The success of these films began a trend of either reviving old Broadway productions and adapting them to film or reviving original musicals.
“This trend began before we were even born,” senior Xavier Rosado said. “You have ‘Chicago’ and ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ that started off as musicals but were eventually adapted as films because they were so good.”
Films such as 2014’s “Annie” and “Into the Woods” relatively disappointed at the box office, creating an issue of lack of profit for studios. However, after the breakout performances of “La La Land” and “The Greatest Showman”, Hollywood responded with various musicals or films that heavily relied on music to fulfill the financial hole in the rest of the industry. “Mama Mia: Here We Go Again!”, “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Rocket Man” have all recently either been large profits for their respective studio or outright super-sized smashes. Continuing the winning formula, “Cats” will be released Dec. 20 to hopefully capitalize on this old-school industry trend.
“On the one hand, it could be seen as an excuse to make bank,” sophomore Sheri Benson said. “However, I’m happy the musical has been put in the limelight once again. Maybe it will bring more people to have a love of musicals.”
“Cats” is a star-studded ensemble film based upon the 1981 Broadway production of the same name. Featuring songs such as “Memory” and “Mr. Mistoffelees”, the original musical won several Tony awards and gained years of recognition. The upcoming film hopes to cash in on both the built-in nostalgia and a whole new generation of young fans.