Clint Eastwood in Talks to Helm JERSEY BOYS Film
In a suprising announcement today, it was revealed that Eastwood, acclaimed director and actor, has officially entered negotiations to take the reins on the impending JERSEY BOYS film adaptation, according to Yahoo! Movies.
Nothing is official as of now, but rumors have arisen that following his troubles with casting an all-star duo in his remake of A STAR IS BORN, Eastwood is ready to move on. Beyonce had originally signed on, but backed out due to prior commitments. Now, it appears that Eastwood's next project may be in bringing the The Four Seasons to the big screen.
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The news comes just 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.
Favreau had already begun casting for JERSEY BOYS, the film adaption of the Tony-winning musical, written by John Logan. Favreau's big-budget adaptation was originally slated to begin filming this January, eyeing a Christmas 2013 opening.
While no cast was officially set for Favrea's interpretation, the director was apparently courting John Magaro (NOT FADE AWAY), Dominic Cooper (CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER), Vincent Piazza (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), Paul Dano (COWBOYS & ALIENS) and James Badge Dale (THE DEPARTED) to make up The Four Seasons.
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.