Hugh Jackman Confirms Work Has Begun On Greatest Showman Sequel
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Hugh Jackman has confirmed that work has begun on a sequel to The Greatest Showman.
The Australian actor was speaking to BBC Radio 2 about another new film - Missing Link - but when asked about the smash hit musical Jackman told host Steve Wright the news that fans had been waiting for - even if he was a bit coy to start with.
He said: "The real answer is 'could be', I'm not sure. I'm being completely honest with you, there is talk of something going around but no one is really sure.
"I think right now there's more emphasis being put on what will happen with... 'I was doing my show, will there be another live version'. No one is really sure right now, so that's the honest truth.
"But I think someone is working on a treatment for something... I know they are, they're working on a treatment for something."
However, when asked whether he would do it 'at the drop of a hat', Hugh played his cards pretty close to his chest.
He went on: "I don't know. 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 [the first movie] made and that wasn't all eight years of convincing people. It takes a long time to write stuff."
This isn't the first time the X-Men actor has expressed his wish to get the call if a sequel was on the cards.
During an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live earlier this year, Jackman admitted he would jump at the chance, saying: "If a genuine opportunity came up where it felt like the right thing to do, then yep, I'd get the top hat back out."
And for some time there have been rumblings about a sequel to the original - which raked in $435 million worldwide.
Speaking to the Sun, the movie's director Michael Gracey confirmed that he and Jackman had initiated the process, saying: "When a movie becomes as big a success as this, it's only natural there is demand for a sequel.
"So those discussions have started and we are working on one right now."
Discussing the success of The Greatest Showman, the director admitted it had been a difficult project to get off the ground.
"There were huge doubts about it for a very long time and some backers withdrew their money," he said.