Like him or not, Jon Favreau has had some impressive work behind the camera as a director. The actor turned developer has created a Christmas classic with his directorial effort Elf, and has been acclaimed in the Marvel movie universe for the first two Iron Man films. Now, it seems he’s ready to return to that role on the big screen with a little more swing and a lot more singing.
Variety reports that Favreau has come forth as the helmer in front for GK Films adaptation of the hit Broadway show Jersey Boys. Based off of the novel Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons, the story follows Frankie Vallie “and the other members of pop music sensation the Four Seasons during their rise to superstardom.” It’s unclear when the film would shoot, with Favreau attached as director, a Christmas 2013 to 2014 release date looks very likely.
This would be Favreau’s first directorial job since last summer’sCowboys & Aliens bombed at the box office. Since then, Favreau has stuck to his first passion of acting with roles in this month’s People Like Us, and two upcoming projects Iron Man 3 and the Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman comedy Identity Theft.
The big question that his directorial ties to Jersey Boys means happens to lie with Walt Disney Pictures and the Magic Kingdom film. Seen as an Avengers for Disney characters, the film has been in development for over two years now, and there have been no major developments since. The script has been in the works, and with the success of The Avengers, it’s likely Disney has a renewed focus on the picture that could possibly provide a similar amount of hype. Then again, Disney is also heavily focused on Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and trying to tie everything together into another massive team-up between heroes, leaving Magic Kingdom‘s fate ultimately unknown.
Jersey Boys premiered on Broadway in 2005, and has been running every since. The musical has gained four Tony Awards, including the 2006 Best Musical award from the ceremony. Since then the show has travelled all over the world, including Las Vegas, London’s West End, Chicago, Toronto, Sydney, and later this year it will be touring in Auckland, New Zealand.