Uh oh, it looks like Clint Eastwood has decided not to move forward with his plans to make A Star Is Born, as he focuses his efforts on a different musical movie as his next directorial project.
Eastwood is reportedly in talks to direct a screen adaptation of Jersey Boys, the Tony Award winning Broadway show about the career of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
The long-gestating musical adaptation was originally set up at Warner Bros. with Jon Favreau attached to direct. Meanwhile, neither the studio nor the production company or the legendary filmmaker ‘s reps would confirm the negotiations.
Warner Bros. abruptly put the film on ice in November of 2012. Eastwood is currently in talks with GK Films to take the helm, with Warner Bros. possibly back in the game because filmmaker has had a long and successful working relationship with Warners.
The musical was at one point set to be produced by Graham King for Columbia Pictures with King who was at one point thought to be taking the project to 20th Century Fox.
No word yet if the John Logan script remains in play or who will play Valli and his vocal partners in the movie.
According to THR, the 83-year-old Eastwood would still make A Star Is Born, just after his work on Jersey Boys.
King described the story of Jersey Boys as:
… based on the real-life rags to riches story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons who went from the street corners for New Jersey to massive musical success with songs such as Oh What A Night, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Rag Doll, Sherry, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You. The show is one of the most successful ones still running on Broadway. It opened in 2005 and has sold over $1 billion in tickets not only in New York, but all over the world partially because of its relatable, inspiring story of working hard and fulfilling your dreams. More so it’s the rare musical where almost everyone who sees it knows all the songs before stepping in to the theater.