'Hugo' Writer John Logan To Pen 'Jersey Boys' Movie
John Logan has been tapped to adapt the hit Broadway musical Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons for producer GK Films.
The hiring puts him back in business with Graham King and Tim Headington, two of the men who produced his current film, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, which is enjoying strong attention during the awards season.
The Jersey Boys musical won four Tonys in 2006, including best musical, and has generated more than $1 billion in ticket sales. The story follows the rise of the famous pop group The Four Seasons, which made its name with such signature tunes as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man."
Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice wrote the show, with music by Four Seasons keyboardist Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. (Gaudio also is exec producing, as is Valli.)
"Frankie, Bob, Marshall, Rick, Amy, Tim and I are very excited about making this award-winning musical. As a group, we collectively decided to go to John to adapt this incredible story," said King in a statement.
Columbia Pictures is expected to partner with GK Films and handle worldwide distribution in most of the world, minus some international territories that GK may sell separately.
One of the most in-demand scribes in town, Logan is coming off a banner year. In addition to Hugo, he had Coriolanus with Ralph Fiennes in theatres, as well as Rango, which is contending in the animation Oscar category. He also co-wrote the new James Bond movie Skyfall, currently in production with Sam Mendes in the director’s chairs.
The CAA-repped writer is also a playwright. His play Red garnered six Tonys in 2010.