Jersey Boys Film Adaptation To Be Written By John Logan
Screenwriter John Logan is on one hell of a roll. After taking a four year break from Hollywood, in 2011 he wrote scripts for Rango, Hugo and Coriolanus, all of which were hits with critics, and this year he's written the script for two of the highest profile movies set to be released in 2012: Skyfall, the new James Bond adventure, and Lincoln, the next Steven Spielberg movie. The guy is basically operating with the Midas touch right now so it's no surprise that studios would want him to start working on projects for them. For example, Graham King over at GK Films.
The studio has hired Logan to pen an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, according to Variety. As the title suggests, the musical and soon to be movie is about the rise and fall of the Four Seasons and is split into four sections, each one narrated by a different member of the group. Graham King and Tim Headington, who are producing the film, first purchased the rights back in 2010 and it's expected that they will be partnering with Columbia Pictures for both production and distribution. They will be using select songs from the play as well, including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll" and "Oh What a Night."
I could see Rock of Ages having a big impact on this project. While they are using music from different eras, Rock of Ages will be a good litmus test to see if people are actually interested in seeing jukebox musicals play out on the big screen. If not, Jersey Boys could have serious problems. Either way, with John Logan writing the script they are in good shape.
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