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'Jersey Boys' heading to the big screen

GK Films acquires rights; Frankie Valli to executive produce

The Broadway musical "Jersey Boys" is heading for the big screen thanks to Graham King's GK Films, which has acquired film rights to the show.

Officially dubbed "Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons," the show -- which won four Tonys in 2006, including best musical -- follows the rise of the famous pop group, which made its name with such signature tunes as "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Walk Like a Man."

King and GK Films partner Tim Headington will produce the film, which Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice will adapt from their stage play.

Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, the group's keyboardist, will executive produce.

The stage play, with music by Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, was directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Dodger Theatricals.

GK's Julie Roach negotiated rights with attorneys Ken Ziffren and David Lande of Ziffren, Brittenham, ICM's Jeff Berg and the Four Seasons' Peter Bennett.