Warner Bros. is second-guessing its musical adaptation of Jersey Boys. The Jon Favreau-helmed project had been on track at the studio for a January production start date and Christmas 2013 release, but Variety now reports that WB has put the project into turnaround. The film is based on the smash hit musical 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.” It’s a whole lot of fun, and having seen the show I’d liken it to a musical version of a lighter Goodfellas.
Hit the jump for more, including why Warner Bros. dropped the project and who Favreau is eyeing for the leads.
Per Variety, Warner Bros. apparently wasn’t too high on the film given its limited international appeal (ie. it’s not a gigantic money-maker). Producer Graham King is still shopping the project to studios like 20th Century Fox and Paramount, and he’s set to meet with the latter on Friday to discuss the possibility of setting it up there. Not only does the pic have a name director in Favreau, but it’s got a script by Hugo and Skyfall scribe John Logan.
Though no offers had been made, the cast that Favreau has apparently been eyeing includes Paul Dano, James Badge Dale, John Magaro (Not Fade Away), Dominic Cooper (Captain America), and Vincent Piazza (Boardwalk Empire). That’s one hell of a great ensemble cast, and I could see them knocking the roles out of the park. The story doesn’t shy away from the reality of the profanity-filled streets of New Jersey, and Favreau seems like an excellent choice to bring the story to life given his experience with Swingers. Here’s hoping the project finds a new home.