The primary trailer for CATS, the upcoming feature-film primarily based upon the award-winning Musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber, was launched this summer season and the reactions have been…fairly hilarious. Witnessing these “cats” dropped at life with “digital fur know-how” was a terrifying sight, and whereas the more moderen trailer supplied an enchancment in that regard, the reminiscence of these weird creations nonetheless haunts my reminiscence.

Tom Hooper (LES MISÉRABLES) spoke with Empire in regards to the explosive response which that first trailer obtained, which he confessed shocked him. “I used to be simply so fascinated as a result of I didn’t suppose it was controversial in any respect,” Hooper stated. “So it was fairly entertaining. Cats was apparently the number-one trending subject on the earth, for a superb few hours at the least.” Nonetheless, Hooper added that the consequences seen in that first trailer have been nonetheless at an early stage and have continued to develop.

We’d solely completed taking pictures in March, so all of the visible results [in the trailer] have been at fairly an early stage. Probably there have been, within the extremity in a few of the responses, some clues in how one can preserve evolving [the production]. If you watch the completed movie, you’ll see that a few of the designs of the cats have moved on since then, and definitely our understanding of how one can use the know-how to make them work has gone up, too.

CATS tells the “story of a tribe of cats referred to as the Jellicles and the night time they make the ‘Jellicle alternative,’ deciding which cat will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and are available again to a brand new life,” and stars James Cordon, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Insurgent Wilson, and introduces Royal Ballet principal dancer Francesca Hayward in her first feature-length movie position.

The official synopsis for CATS:

Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables, The Danish Woman) transforms Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-shattering stage musical right into a breakthrough cinematic occasion. That includes Lloyd Webber’s iconic music and a world-class solid of dancers underneath the steering of Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, Within the Heights), the movie reimagines the musical for a brand new era with spectacular manufacturing design, state-of-the-art know-how, and dance types starting from ballet to up to date, hip-hop to jazz, road to faucet.

Common Footage presents a Working Title Movies and Amblin Leisure manufacturing, in affiliation with Monumental Footage and The Actually Helpful Group. Cats is produced by Debra Hayward, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Tom Hooper. The screenplay is by Lee Corridor (Billy Elliot, Rocketman) and Hooper, primarily based on Previous Possum’s E-book of Sensible Cats by T.S. Eliot and the stage musical by Lloyd Webber. Cats is govt produced by Lloyd Webber, Steven Spielberg, Angela Morrison and Jo Burn.

One of many longest-running exhibits in West Finish and Broadway historical past, the stage musical “Cats” obtained its world premiere on the New London Theatre in 1981, the place it performed for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Night Normal Awards for Finest Musical. In 1983, the Broadway manufacturing grew to become the recipient of seven Tony Awards, together with Finest Musical, and ran for a unprecedented 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has repeatedly appeared on stage across the globe, to this point having performed to 81 million individuals in additional than fifty international locations and in nineteen languages. It’s considered one of the vital profitable musicals of all time.

CATS will hit theaters on December 20th.