Feature version of Cats films in the UK next month

A starry feature version of the hit West End stage musical Cats is gearing up for production in the UK next month. 

A starry feature version of the hit West End stage musical Cats is gearing up for production in the UK next month.

Feature version of Cats films in the UK next month
Jennifer Hudson

The feline characters are played by a roll call of A-listers, including Jennifer Hudson (pictured), Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo and Laurie Davidson.

London-based production powerhouse Working Title Films is behind the adaptation with Tom Hooper directing from a screenplay he wrote with Lee Hall.

A studio-based shoot, Cats is one of several projects on the slate at Working Title. The company is also working on an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, and is moving forward with a new version of Rebecca with Free Fire director Ben Wheatley at the helm.

The UK is currently under pressure to supply more studio space, particularly for large-scale films and high-end TV dramas, as inward investment projects continue to comprise the majority of its production spend.

Several studios including Pinewood are undergoing expansion plans, while brand new facilities are also being constructed, including a 22-acre site in east London.

Image: Getty Images Ent/Jason Merritt.

Feature version of Cats films in the UK next month
Jennifer Hudson

A starry feature version of the hit West End stage musical Cats is gearing up for production in the UK next month.

The feline characters are played by a roll call of A-listers, including Jennifer Hudson (pictured), Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jason Derulo and Laurie Davidson.

London-based production powerhouse Working Title Films is behind the adaptation with Tom Hooper directing from a screenplay he wrote with Lee Hall.

A studio-based shoot, Cats is one of several projects on the slate at Working Title. The company is also working on an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma starring Lily James and Armie Hammer, and is moving forward with a new version of Rebecca with Free Fire director Ben Wheatley at the helm.

The UK is currently under pressure to supply more studio space, particularly for large-scale films and high-end TV dramas, as inward investment projects continue to comprise the majority of its production spend.

Several studios including Pinewood are undergoing expansion plans, while brand new facilities are also being constructed, including a 22-acre site in east London.

Image: Getty Images Ent/Jason Merritt.

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