If you’ve caught Clint Eastwood’s last few films, there is a clear message: today’s young people, with their Internets and backward baseball caps, are the absolute worst. It should come as no surprise then that cinema’s grand old crank is in the running to direct the big-screen adaptation of “Jersey Boys,” according to Collider.
“Jersey Boys,” the popular Broadway musical, covers the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, a band that achieved success in the 1960s with hits such as “Sherry” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” The 1960s, coincidentally, is probably the last time Clint bought any new music or talked to anyone under age 30.
Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) was set to direct the John Logan-written adaptation, which is now in turnaround, until Warner Bros. pulled the plug last November. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Eastwood wants to take over the project, something he can do because his remake of “A Star is Born” has stalled. The idea is that Eastwood would refocus on “A Star is Born” after “Jersey Boys.”
Collider’s Adam Chitwood says that “Jersey Boys” is “akin to a musical version of ‘Goodfellas,’” which is nice because Eastwood desperately needs to go back to making movies where he shoots people in the face.
And how weird is it that there is another movie based on a Broadway musical, and not the other way around? What’s next, romantic comedies not starring Jennifer Aniston? Independent films not being described as “edgy”?
Take shelter, everyone: the entertainment world is spinning off its axis!