Two-time Oscar nominee John Logan has written about ancient Rome (Gladiator), 1870s Japan (The Last Samurai), and 1930s-era Paris (Hugo). Now he’ll be turning his attention to early-’60s New Jersey.
The screenwriter has been hired by producers Graham King (an Oscar-winner for The Departed) and Tim Headington to adapt a film version of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys, a jukebox musical about the unlikely stardom of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. (See a video clip.)
In 2010, King’s GK Films secured the screen rights to the play, which won the 2006 Tony for Best Musical. At the time, the screenplay was to be written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, who wrote the book of the show. Now Logan, who received Academy Award nods for Gladiator and The Aviator, has been brought on board, which King said was a joint decision by him, Headington, Brickman, Elice, and executive producers Valli and Bob Gaudio, one of the original Four Seasons.
Logan’s other credits include the Johnny Depp animated-lizard western, Rango, Oliver Stone’s football drama, Any Given Sunday, and the upcoming James Bond film, Skyfall.
He’s got experience with musicals too, having adapted the screenplay for Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. And Logan even has his own Tony, winning Best Play in 2010 for his drama Red.
How’s this for coincidence: Red, set in the 1950s, was about painter Mark Rothko’s struggle to create a satisfying mural for a restaurant in a new Manhattan skyscraper. The name of the restaurant: The Four Seasons.
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