Tom Hooper has said that his movie adaptation of Les Misérables will not be "camp".
The director has retained the sung-through musical structure from the successful stage production and has had the cast sing the vocals live on set.
"There is nothing camp about this musical," Hooper told Empire.
"It is very grounded, very masculine and very strong about the big universal themes.
"It's not first and foremost a musical. [Wat.] It's first and foremost a terrific story that uses the musical form to express itself."
Of recording live vocals with a pianist playing via an ear-piece, Hooper explained: "The thing about singing it live is it allows the illusion that the actors are thinking the songs up.
"I say to Hugh [Jackman], 'With that verse, just give yourself a fraction more time to let the new idea form, then sing about it'. It's completely revolutionary."
Read the full feature in this month's Empire magazine, out today (July 26). Les Misérables is out on January 11, 2013 in the UK and December 14, 2012 in the US.
I CAN'T WAAAAAIT. Don't fuck it up, Tom Hooper.