Zac Efron wants to do a sequel to The Greatest Showman, and he is hopeful that it might actually happen once Hugh Jackman’s schedule opens up.
Efron, who played Phillip Carlyle opposite Jackman’s P.T. Barnum in the hugely popular musical, was asked about the chances of a sequel to The Greatest Showman on The Graham Norton Show.
“Hugh 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.”
Efron isn’t the first member of The Greatest Showman team to tease a follow-up. Director Michael Gracey admitted to The Sun back in February that he and Hugh Jackman were developing a sequel.
“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.”
Jackman then confirmed to the Steve Wright radio show that there already has been “talk of” a Greatest Showman 2. The Australian added that “someone is working on a treatment for something” and he “would like to be part of it,” even though he couldn’t confirm “if it would be centered” on Barnum.
However, the actor was also keen to stress that The Greatest Showman took eight years to develop and make. So even if the $435 million grossing musical was immediately greenlit, it probably wouldn’t even arrive for a few more years.
In the meantime, make sure to check out Zac Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, in which he plays the serial killer Ted Bundy, which will be released on Netflix on May 3.
Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman is going on tour across the world this summer, where he will perform hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables, and other Broadway and movie classics, alongside a live orchestra. He will be play in Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin and London between May 24 and June 3.