The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business. Inspired by the imagination of PT Barnum, the movie-musical tells of the visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle which became a worldwide sensation. Hugh Jackman starred as Barnum, showcasing his singing talents once again after starring in the 2012 Les Miserables big screen adaptation.
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Will there be The Greatest Showman 2?
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Jackman gave fans hope for a sequel.
He said: “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.”
But Jackman’s excitement for a potential sequel depends on the upcoming Disney-Fox merger.
The mouse-house is set to acquire Fox, the studio behind The Greatest Showman.
Jackman explained: “We have a situation in the business where the company that did it has been sold to Disney, so there are a lot of spinning plates right now.
“I’m not sure what they would do, but it did take a while to get the first one up, and it’s not to be underestimated how difficult it is to get a musical up and going.
“But it’s clear to me and to everyone that people love these characters.
“I loved this movie, I loved this character and it was one of the great joys of my life,” he added.
The Greatest Showman has made £341million ($ 434.9m) worldwide at the box office.
Critics did not look favourably on the flashy movie-musical but fervour from fans late in the box office game propelled the movie to soaring heights.
In fact, The Greatest Showman soundtrack was number one on the album chart for an impressive 21 weeks.
The film’s soundtrack is still holding strong at number three on the chart, a year after its debut.
Jackman has been the subject of speculation from a wholly different fanbase, too – Marvel fans.
With the aforementioned Disney-Fox merger in the works, Marvel fans are hoping for an X-Men and Avengers: Endgame crossover.
FandomWire cited Google as a source for the potential crossover.
The Marvel site pointed out if you search the phrase “famous Hugh Jackman movies” on Google, Avengers: Endgame is listed as part of the actor’s resume.
Of course, Google has been known to have glitches before, and this could simply be an algorithmic mistake.
There has yet to be anything close to confirmation that Jackman will cameo in Avengers 4.
And the Disney-Fox merger has yet to be finalised, so there is no legal way for Fox’s X-Men characters to wind up in the MCU.
However, the deal is expected to go through within in the first months of this year.
How the Disney-Fox merger impacts The Greatest Showman, X-Men and Avengers remains to be seen.
Fans of movie-musicals and comic-book-movies both will be waiting with bated breath.