Graham King is pacting with “Gangs of New York,” “The Aviator” and “Hugo” writer John Logan to adapt the hit musical “Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons” for the screen.
GK Films’ King and Tim Headington are producing with Four Seasons singers Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio serving as executive producers. The not-yet-closed deal would have Columbia Pictures partnering on the project and distributing worldwide, with the exception of a few territories.
“Frankie, Bob, Marshall, Rick, Amy, Tim and I are very excited about making this award-winning musical. As a group, we collectively decided to go to John to adapt this incredible story,” stated Graham King.
The Tony and Grammy-winning hit musical “Jersey Boys” (tracking $1 billion in global ticket sales since 2005) told the story of how a group of blue-collar boys became pop music sensations, by writing their own songs, and sold 175 million records worldwide – before they were thirty. The show is heading toward becoming one of the top performing shows of all time. Produced by Dodger Theatricals, the Broadway musical is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe, and direction by Des McAnuff.
The feature film will showcase much of the same music including songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”
Raised in the theater, Logan earned a WGA nomination for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and also wrote “Rango” and Coriolanus,” as well as the next James Bond film, “Skyfall.” He is now collaborating independently with Patti Smith on adapting her memoir “Just Kids.” Logan also adapted the Stephen Sondheim musical “Sweeney Todd.” Here’s my interview with Logan.
Graham King is producing several projects including Peter Morgan’s Freddie Mercury biopic, an original screenplay of “The Battle of Britain” by Robert Towne, and is executive producing with Headington the upcoming “Argo” and “World War Z.”