The Greatest Showman director Michael has admitted that he's 'grateful' to songwriting duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for their contribution to the film.

Starring Hugh Jackman as legendary impressario PT Barnum - the man who virtually invented show business - the musical is released on St Stephen's Day. Read our review here

"I understand that making an original musical is a huge risk," admitted the Australian, who made his directing debut with The Greatest Showman. And credit to Fox for taking that risk.

"But there was a lot of years of writing and rewriting the music, and I think that where we got to in the end is truly a wonderful place, in terms of the music.

"I think that after a few songs we were hoping that we’d get the green light. But they waited until we had all the songs. I’m so grateful to Benj and Justin, who wrote the music and the lyrics, for being so persistent . . .

"We really got a place with the music that I feel is undeniable in terms of sticking in your head."

You can watch the full interview here: