Jon Favreau May Direct “Jersey Boys” Film
If someone said that a group of high school drop-outs, a Jersey mob boss, and his bookies would make up the stars of a musical, laughter would soon be following.
But Jersey Boys is no joke, and the Tony award-winning musical has been entertaining audiences for almost a decade now, selling out every night, and grossing over a billion dollars in revenue. Perhaps because of its unending popularity, the delightful musical is in the process of getting a full length film adaption, with Iron Man 1 and 2’s Jon Favreau as the frontrunner to direct.
Jersey Boys is a rather rare sort of musical due to the fact that it is not an original story, it’s biographical, and the score only includes unoriginal music. It follows the unbelievable story of the 1960s musical group, The Four Seasons, from their humble beginnings in a rough neighborhood in New Jersey to overnight fame and success, using some of the group’s most memorable and popular songs to help tell their tale.
The road to fame is always bumpy, but that’s a huge understatement for the kinds of problems these four guys went through: gambling, bankruptcy, drugs, divorce, and incarceration of several of the band’s members.
But telling the story is only half the fun in a musical; the other part is listening to it, and songs like “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” and “I Love You Baby” (the group’s biggest hit) all feature in the show each night to a standing ovation. No word yet on which songs, if not all of them, will make it into the film version, but hopefully they will keep most of them. After all, it is a musical.
There’s groovy music, there’s funky dancing—it’s easy to see why this musical is so entertaining, especially with the added bonus of an awesome soundtrack. With the help of Hugo and Rango scribe John Logan who will write the script, hopefully, Favreau can balance the delicate mixture of tough guys doing quirky choreography that works so successfully on Broadway.
While there is no casting information or release date yet, we do know that Graham King will be producing.