It appears that Clint Eastwood has caught the musical bug. Though the filmmaker has been trying to get his remake of A Star Is Born off the ground for the past couple of years, he’s run into quite a few stumbling blocks along the way. First production was pushed back when star Beyonce became pregnant, then the multi-talented artist dropped out of the project altogether. Esperanza Spalding is the latest choice for the female lead, but Eastwood keeps striking out when it comes to filling the male role. Tom Cruise was courted to star last year, and the project has already seen Leonardo DiCaprio and Sean Penn pass on the gig.
Now it appears that Eastwood has set his sights on another musical film to direct as his next project instead of A Star Is Born, opting to push that long-in-development project back in lieu of the prospect of taking over for Jon Favreau on the Broadway adaptation Jersey Boys. Hit the jump for more.
The feature film adaptation of Jersey Boys has had a bit of trouble coming to fruition as well. The film is based on the smash hit Broadway musical of the same name and tells the story of The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man.” Jon Favreau came onboard the project last summer with an eye towards starting filming this past January, but last November Warner Bros. abruptly put the project in turnaround. GK Films is still onboard to produce, but we haven’t heard much about Jersey Boys since the disappointing WB news broke.
Now THR reports that Eastwood is eyeing Jersey Boys as his next project with an eye towards helming A Star Is Born after he wraps the Broadway adaptation. Though Eastwood’s reps are remaining mum, sources claim that the filmmaker is in talks with GK Films to take the helm, with Warner Bros. possibly back in the game as the studio has been home to the majority of Eastwood’s projects in recent years.
I’m actually a tad disappointed to hear that Favreau is off the project. The source material seemed like a swell fit for the Swingers scribe, and I was looking forward to seeing his vision for the pic—which is almost akin to a musical version of Goodfellas. Eastwood hasn’t made a great film in quite some time, but it’s possible that the musically-inclined actor/director/composer will turn out an entertaining iteration of Jersey Boys. Just remember, Clint, this is a musical; let’s hold back on the washed-out color palette this time around, eh?