X-MEN star Hugh Jackman is set to show off his musical skills in a string of movies, after signing a special deal with Disney.

The Australian actor has signed a non-exclusive deal with the film-making giants through his new venture with Chicago executive producers Craig Zadan and NEIL MERON.

The deal came about after Disney bosses were impressed with Jackman's TONY-winning performance in the Broadway show THE BOY FROM OZ.

The actor says, "I'm lucky that at the time my career in movies was building, the movie musical genre that had been in the desert for 20 years started to come back.

"As an art form, the musical is Mount Everest: tough to pull off, but exhilarating and timeless when it works. And when it is done badly, it stinks to high heaven."

Jackman says Disney will develop as many as three projects at the same time - and he's hoping none of them will be remakes.

He adds, "There might be a classic out there that can be redone and find an audience, but I am personally more interested in finding something new."

11/01/2005 09:46