This is news I’ve been waiting years to hear. The Broadway musical, Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, is finally on its way to getting the big screen treatment. The Tony Award-winning musical has played all over the world (including a long run in my own hometown, Las Vegas) since opening in 2005, and has sold over $1 billion in tickets. Based on the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (duh), the musical is far from dry history about a band your parents used to listen to – it’s easily the most fun experience I’ve ever had in a live theater, hands down.
The musical features all the Four Seasons hits you know (and even a bunch you don’t), including songs like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Oh, What A Night.” And, even though it doesn’t include later Valli solo jams, I dare you to walk away from it not wanting to download the entire Seasons and Valli discography.
The rights for the film adaptation were sold at auction to Graham King and GK Films, whose slate includes THE TOWN, THE TOURIST, and HUGO CABRET. The rights reportedly went for a “substantial seven figures.” With the money the musical has generated in just five years, I’d say that King and company made a damn good buy.
JERSEY BOYS the film will be penned by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice. Brickman and Elice scripted the book for the musical, so the script will surely retain the charm of the stage version. I only worry that the film will taint any shred of journalistic grace I may have, as I can guarantee that I will spend its entire runtime singing and dancing in my seat.
I can't wait to see how this translates to the screen, and I really can't wait to see just who they end up casting for it. Any ideas?