Clint Eastwood loves music and is seems he really wants to make a music-based project next. He has been planning to do a remake of A Star Is Born, but that got delayed when Beyoncé dropped out of the lead role. Now THR reports he’s in early talks to direct the musical Jersey Boys, taking over from the previously attached Jon Favreau was.
Jersey Boys was picked up by Warner Bros. last year, but just two months after picking it up, they put the project into turnaround in November. GK Films was in talks with both Fox and Paramount, but now that Clint Eastwood may sign on, the musical may be heading back to the director’s home studio of Warner Bros. after all.
A Star Is Born is still in the works, but they’re having problems casting. Esperanza Spalding is currently the top choice for the female lead, but the main problem is finding a male lead, with several notable stars passing, including, most recently, Sean Penn. Perhaps nobody wants to play an alcoholic star whose fame is on the wane. If Clint Eastwood does sign a deal for Jersey Boys, he will make that project next, with A Star Is Born following directly after.
Jersey Boys is based on the popular Broadway musical about the life of singer Frankie Valli and his group The Four Seasons. John Logan (Hugo) wrote the screenplay, based on the 2005 musical that took home four Tony Awards.