Clint Eastwood to Direct JERSEY BOYS Film Adaptation
Clint Eastwood will officially take on The Four Seasons.
According to a recent Equity casting notice, the legendary actor/director has signed on to helm the film adaptation of JERSEY BOYS, written by John Logan. The film is currently slated to begin shooting this summer in Los Angeles.
The news comes a few months after Warner Bros. backed out of Jon Favreau's planned adaptation, when the studio put the film on "turnaround," allowing the Production Company, GK FILMS, to shop the project to other interested studios, including Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Prior to Warner Bros. picking up the film, it sat in limbo at Sony for a number of months. WB reportedly didn't believe that the film's large budget and potential international appeal were enough to continue pushing the project.
JERSEY BOYS is the journey of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time: Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty.
JERSEY BOYS is the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award, the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album and the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Directed on Broadway by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.
Early in his career, Eastwood starred as the "Man with No Name" in A Fistful of Dollars, his first "spaghetti western," which was a box office success and drew attention to the young actor. Additional roles followed, including the role of Harry Callahan in five "Dirty Harry" films, beginning in 1971. That same year, he made his directorial debut with Play Misty for Me. Other noted Eastwood films include the Charlie Parker biography Bird; The Bridges of Madison County; In the Line of Fire; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; White Hunter, Black Heart; Absolute Power; Space Cowboys; Mystic River; Flags of Our Fathers; Letters from Iwo Jima; Gran Torino; and Invictus, starring Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon in the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with Francois Pienaar, captain of South Africa's rugby team, to help unite their country. He most recently directed and starred in Trouble with the Curve, opposite Amy Adams.