‘The Greatest Showman’ Sequel: Is It Actually Happening?

Is The Greatest Showman getting another act? That’s what fans of the musical released in Dec. of 2017 have been asking for practically since it hit theaters. But the cast isn’t so sure a sequel will actually happen.

Continue reading to learn why there’s a chance Hugh Jackman (find out his favorite musical number) may be putting on his signature P.T. Barnum tophat again and why the Tony Award-winning actor thinks a sequel may not happen. 

Inspired by the real P.T. Barnum’s journey to create a spectacular show, the original proved to be a big success with critics and audiences alike. Viewers especially loved the soundtrack which won a Grammy — Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media — featuring original songs performed by Jackman, Michelle Williams, Zac Efron, Zendaya (learn what Efron said about working with the young singer here) Keala Settle, Loren Allred, and more.

Popular tracks included “A Million Dreams” written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul  “Never Enough,” “This Is Me,” and “Rewrite the Stars” among others. Plus, “This Is Me” won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. The song also received an Academy Award nomination.

Needless to say, fans will have high expectations for a sequel. But it has to be made first. And, according to Jackman, that’s a delicate process. 

‘The Greatest Showman’ director said a sequel’s in the works

During an interview with The Sun in Feb. of 2019, Michael Gracey, director of The Greatest Showman, said there have been talks of a sequel. We wouldn’t expect any less considering the movie surprised nearly everyone by being a box office hit.

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“When a movie becomes as big a success as this, it’s only natural there is demand for a sequel,” Gracey said before adding, “So those discussions have started and we are working on one right now.”

But Jackman’s said he’s not so sure a sequel will happen.

Why Hugh Jackman is ‘not sure’ a sequel’s happening

Fans’ hopes were dashed a little when Jackman spoke about the possibility of a sequel in an interview with BBC Radio 2 on April 1, 2019, according to the Mirror.  

Jackman said he “knows” producers are “working on a treatment” for a sequel but made it clear one might not come fruition. 

“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 … They’re working on a treatment for something,” he said. 

Hugh Jackman at 'The Greatest Showman' photocall in 2017.
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He continued, saying he’d like to take part in a sequel. 

“I would like to be part of it for sure, and I don’t know if it would be [sic] 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,” he added. 

At the end of The Greatest Showman — spoiler alert! — Barnum handed the show over the Phillip (Efron), which as Bustle pointed out, could make for a good starting point for a sequel. 

Later that same month, Efron spoke publicly about a possible sequel. 

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On April 26, 2019, he appeared on The Graham Norton Show and gave fans hope that a sequel will indeed happen. 

“Hugh [Jackman] is working on all sorts of things including a one-man show. What’s next? I don’t know but I hope there is a sequel,” the 31-year-old actor said. 

So, while no one has exactly confirmed a sequel, at least there’s been a considerable amount of talk about the possibility of one. And, as Barnum taught audiences in The Greatest Showman, it’s OK to have dreams.