Hugh Jackman has recently opened up about The Greatest Showman sequel plans.
The Greatest Showman unexpectedly became one of the biggest hits of 2017. Honestly, very few people predicted that it would go on to achieve such success, and yet, it quickly became a fond favourite of so many audiences. Directed by Michael Gracey – his directorial feature debut – the film was inspired by P. T. Barnum and the origins of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Essentially, it’s a classic story of acceptance, strength and community, filled with lavish and inspirational musical numbers.
The soundtrack is perhaps the biggest contributor to the film’s success. Many audiences were attracted to the film as a result of hearing such songs as “This is Me”, and once they entered the cinema, they were introduced to a wealth of other memorable, catchy tunes. Afterwards, people flocked to listen to the full soundtrack, which only served to tempt them into seeing the film again, multiple times. It was a cinematic event which welcomed repeat encounters, and still frequently endures returning audiences and screenings today.
We have grown accustomed to the promise of a sequel when a film becomes a hit; a successful film standing alone has become much more of a rarity. So, it’s no surprise that talks of a sequel have sustained since The Greatest Showman‘s box office success. So many characters were introduced, with lots of potential to further explore their lives – all they would need is the cast to return. As reported by People, actor Hugh Jackman – who played the lead, P.T. Barnum – has spoken up about the sequel during his time as a guest on the BBC Two radio show, Steve Wright’s Big Guest:
“I’m being completely honest with you, there is talk of something going around but no one is really sure. But I think someone is working on a treatment for something… I would like to be part of it for sure, and I don’t know if it would be centred on my character. The other thing is, it did take eight years to get it made and that wasn’t all eight years of convincing people. It takes a long time to write stuff.”
From this insight, it sounds like we’ll be waiting quite a while for a sequel, perhaps even a few more years. It’s almost rather strange to hear him allude to the long production of the first film, as most of us expected that a sequel would reach us as early as 2019. Yet, time has passed and they’re still in the midst of working things out; although it’s hard to be completely sure, it certainly doesn’t sound like Jackman has been given any form of script.
If it did, in fact, take another eight years, we wouldn’t be seeing it until 2025. This is very unlikely though, as the ball is already rolling and the series would benefit from a now existing fanbase. Usually, studios try to follow up on box office hits like this pretty quickly, but it appears – admirably – that the minds behind this sequel just want to take their time in delivering something special. Hopefully, this proves to be the case when a sequel finally reaches fans.