With critics sinking their claws into ‘CATS’ and box office receipts sparse, the big screen musical is off to a shaky start.
And, the latest move to place it on more solid ground, has some wondering if it’s made matters worse.
In a memo obtained by THR, theaters across the US were informed by the film’s studio that an updated version of the Tom Hooper directed flick would be made available imminently to replace the version early viewers had already seen.
The refreshed take is said to boast “some improved visual effects.”
A largely unheard move, it comes on the heels of Hooper revealing that he just about finished post-production on the film in time for its world premiere in New York on December 16th.
When an embargo was lifted a day before its wide release on December 20th, reviewers tore into the flick – which stars the likes of Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Jennifer Hudson. With CGI, acting, and plot being some of the primary missteps cited.
In any case, time will tell if it finds its audience amidst off-screen bodyslams.