Clint Eastwood to Direct ‘Jersey Boys’ Film?

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These days, actor/director Clint Eastwood is best known as the filmmaker behind hard-hitting dramas like Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River. However, the former Dirty Harry has been looking to try his hand at a very different genre for quite a while – the musical.

For years, Eastwood has been developing a remake of A Star Is Born, which was most recently brought to the big screen in 1976 with Barbara Streisand in the lead. Eastwood’s version – which would be the third remake of the original 1937 production – was set to star Beyoncé Knowles. However, Knowles has since dropped out of the project, leaving it in a state of limbo for now.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood will instead shift his focus over to another musical project with the film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning Broadway production Jersey Boys. The plot focuses on the rise and fall of musical group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and uses the group’s music to tell its story. Jon Favreau had previously been attached to direct the film.

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If Eastwood takes on Jersey Boys, the film would likely be his next directorial project, followed (presumably) by A Star Is Born. The latter film is currently courting Grammy-winning jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding to star, though the project has also faced difficulty in casting its male lead. Sean Penn is among the most recent crop of actors being discussed for the role.

Eastwood’s decision to move on from A Star Is Born is a wise one, considering that project looks like it will take a while to gain any traction. Besides, a filmmaker as accomplished as Eastwood can lend just the right amount of gravitas to something like Jersey Boys. After last summer’s Rock of Ages failed to score at the box office, audiences may need convincing to check out another “jukebox musical.”

Do you think Eastwood is a good fit for Jersey Boys? Let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest news on the Jersey Boys movie as this story develops.


Source: THR

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  1. Wasn’t Jon Favreau involved with a Jersey Boys project? I thought I saw an article about it sometime ago last year…

  2. Being both a fan of JERSEY BOYS and Clint Eastwood as a director (although not his every film) this news comes as a mixed blessing. While I very much want to see ‘The Boys’ climb off the stage onto the big screen–and I am a fan of Clint’s bravery shown in tackling a diversity of genre–there is some question as to his directorial “fitness” for taking on this particular musical, the actor/director/composer’s jazz appreciation notwithstanding.

    I think BIRD (Eastwood’s film bio of Charlie “Bird” Parker) is quite commendable, but it is equally ponderous and overly earnest, all but destroying it’s interstitial moments of music. A STAR IS BORN (undoubtedly, like BIRD) is a drama with music.

    A so-called “jukebox” musical have songs contextualized into a dramatic plot. Something new for Eastwood, but shouldn’t exclude him as director, except…the director not only is not a writer but has the proclivity of taking the first (available) draft of a script and going with it. I hope to see a JERSEY BOYS movie with Eastwood guided by the best possible screenplay/libretto.

    I have my reservations; but, still, I am a work-in-progress — meaning, I could be wrong.

    • Somebody just got a new thesaurus!!!

  3. Will it feature an empty chair?

    • Shaman Iguana, you are an empty chair.
      Do you see?

  4. God help us all! Remake a star is born? Make a movie of Jersey boys with Sean Penn? Surely this is a sign of the apocalypse. Duck and cover!

  5. A great movie to watch with fantastic storyline & act. Watch & download full movie from

  6. MORE second hand ‘DISS—tractions’ from the utterly ‘on board’ Eastwood.

    And WHY has EASTWOOD ‘mysteriously overlooked’ the ENTIRE span of the
    60th anniversary of the now AWESOMELY relevant KOREAN WAR?