Jon Favreau Signing for Jersey Boys + Stephen Daldry Gets 'Wicked'?
After being rumored the frontrunner for the big screen adaptation of the stage musical Jersey Boys, Deadline has word that Jon Favreau is now officially in negotiations to direct the film. For those who don't know, Jersey Boys tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who would go on to become one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. Jersey Boys has been on the stage since 2005 and has had over 200 performances. But that's not the only musicals news as a director is being courted to finally adapt Wicked for the big screen. More below!
Apparently Stephen Daldry, who last directed the divisive Best Picture nominee Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, is being courted to take on the Wizard of Oz centric musical Wicked for Universal. There hasn't been any solid development on this musical prequel for years, but it sounds like Universal might finally be making some progress. The crowd-pleasing, award-winning musical follows the origin of the Wicked Witch of the West, back when she was simply known as Elphaba, and had a friendship with Glinda the Good go sour as their differences simply kept them apart.
Apparently Universal thinks this could be as successful as Mamma Mia! which made some decent bank around the world, but maybe they should shoot for something as promising as their Les Miserables adaptation. Daldry is a strange choice to direct as he's only really dealt with heavy dramas like The Reader and The Hours in addition to the other aforementioned Best Picture nominee, but maybe they like his take on the musical tale. Either way the studio seems to be musical crazy lately as they're also interested in bringing Green Day's Broadway musical adaptation of their album American Idiot to the big screen as well. Hopefully audiences are ready for plenty more singing and dancing in movie theaters.