We know Jon Favreau can direct a big superhero movie. But can he call the shots on a Broadway musical?
The producers of "Jersey Boy" must think so, as the "Iron Man" director is the first choice to direct the film adaptation of "Jersey Boys," according to Variety.
"Jersey Boys" is based on the hit Broadway show, "Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons," which chronicles the rise of the pop music sensations behind such hits as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You." The musical opened in 2005 and has since run through over 200 performances.
"Jersey Boys" would mark Jon Favreau's first big-screen directing gig since last summer's "Cowboys & Aliens." He's currently reprising his role as Happy Hogan in "Iron Man 3" (with Shane Black taking over directing duties) and will next be seen in "People Like Us," opening June 29. He's also set to appear with Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and John Cho in "Identity Theft," opening May 10, 2013 (one week after "Iron Man 3").
GK Films acquired the rights to "Jersey Boys" two years ago and set "Hugo" scribe John Logan to adapt the script. Production is scheduled to commence sometime this fall.