Bob Gaudio, one of the original Four Seasons, this week revealed that the screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, the hugely successful hit musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, was heading for a cinema near you in late 2013.
The film version of the Tony Award-winning musical, now in its eighth year on Broadway, is currently in the process of casting, with Jon Favreau on board as Director. Open call auditions were announced in August for the roles of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy De Vito and Nick Massi.
However, yesterday it was announced that Warner Bros. has backed out of Favreau’s feature adaptation of the monster stage hit. This comes just six weeks after signing GK Films to an exclusive first-look deal for one year and acquiring the company’s planned Jersey Boys movie.
GK Films Principal, Producer Graham King, has been doing everything he can to keep the project afloat, including shopping it to Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, with the latter studio scheduled to meet with King today to discuss the possibility of acquiring Jersey Boys. Favreau is an attractive element, having directed Paramount’s Iron Man.
King brought Jersey Boys to Warner Bros. after developing the project for years at Sony, where GK Films had a four-picture put deal. Jersey Boys had been slated to be GK Films’ first project under its new deal at Warner Bros., but it carries a sizable budget, for a project that wasn’t expected to feature A-list stars.
While official offers were never made, it's been rumoured that in recent weeks the filmmakers were eyeing John Magaro, Dominic Cooper, Vincent Piazza and James Badge Dale for lead roles. Production was tentatively scheduled to start in January.
Jersey Boys returns to Melbourne's Princess Theatre in January for a limited season following a stellar 13-month run in 2009/10 and we have two double passes to give away. Click here for competition details