The long-rumored film adaptation of “Jersey Boys” seemed to be in serious jeopardy late last year when Warner Bros. put the film into turnaround. But now it appears that Clint Eastwood wants to step in to revive and direct the project.
The Hollywood Reporter says that multiple sources have revealed that Eastwood wants to take on the director role for the film, though neither the movie studio nor Eastwood’s reps would confirm the reports.
Jon Favreau had originally been tied to the project as director when the project was still at Columbia Pictures, but ties apparently were cut with Favreau when producer Graham King moved the project to Warner.
The magazine also reports that there were new talks with Fox about taking over the project, but that it might stay with Warner if Eastwood does come on board.
Eastwood last directed “J. Edgar” back in 2011, and he also has been tied to a new film adaptation of “A Star is Born.” Though Grammy winning artist Esperanza Spalding is the choice to star, it is reported that the production has had trouble landing a male lead, though Sean Penn is the latest name to be mentioned for the part.
Sources say that if Eastwood takes on “Jersey Boys,” he will then follow it with “A Star is Born.”
“Jersey Boys” has been a hit on Broadway since opening in 2005. The production includes music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and a book co-written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. The production won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The musical tells the story of the fast rise of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Valli serves as executive producer of the musical alongside Gaudio. There have been U.S. national tours of the production since the Broadway opening, and a London version won the Laurence Olivier award for Best Musical in 2008.