With Jon Favreau certainly restarting his acting roles after spending plenty of time behind the camera, his next directorial effort has always been a bit uncertain for the time being. Magic Kingdom still can’t straighten out a story over at Disney, and Favreau has been racking up acting gigs left and right to bide time. Now, it seems Favreau may have finally found his next project as reports are surfacing that he has signed on to the musical drama Jersey Boys after nearly a month of circling the film. Not only that, but two other directors may have finally found their next projects as well.
First up, Collider reports that they have received confirmation Favreau has signed on to Jersey Boys and that the film will be his next creative effort. Not only that, but Moviehole reports that casting has already gone underway for a January 2013 start date. The casting is for the main characters of Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, with a key look for Italian-American actors who can hopefully sing and play instruments.
Adapted from the hit Broadway play of the same name, the script from John Logan follows the band in the 1960s as they achieve fame through multiple hit singles but eventually the fame gets to certain members’ heads. Deemed a realistic portrayal in a docu-drama format, the stage show has been a complete hit and with a January start date there’s a good chance the film could make it on screen for Holiday 2013.
Next comes a hopeful addition to director David Yates’ resume. The Harry Potter helmer has lined up his first post-Potter projects with A Reliable Wife and Cicero, but as of right now both films are currently deep in the development phase. But, there’s a chance that Yates could sign on for a huge high-profile project that may ressurect one of film’s most memorable characters: Tarzan.
There’s word right now from Deadline that “things are getting serious” as Yates and Warner Brothers discuss the director possibly coming aboard to bring Tarzan back on the big screen in live-action. The script for the film was penned by Adam Cozad, but the story is under wraps for right now. There is no word whether or not Yates may enter negotiations, but it certainly seems like the studio wants to start really engaging in progressive talks. [Film Stage]
Finally, Fanboys director Kyle Newman is headed back to the Star Wars related universe as he’s currently developing the black listed script Chewie. The film is based on a true story revolving around the 7’3” actor Peter Mayhew and how he eventually donned the fur to become everyone’s favorite lovable sidekick Chewbacca. Written by Evan Susser and Van Robichaux, the movie is a period piece set in 1977 that also details Mayhew’s life as a hospital worker against his work on the famous sci-fi franchise.
Newman’s Star Wars comedy Fanboys starring Kristen Bell, Sam Huntington, Jay Baruchel and more focused on a dedicated group of fans who set out to storm Skywalker Ranch in order to see an early cut of The Phantom Menace. How Newman got involved in Chewie is actually a much more direct approach as the director snatched up “Mayhew’s life rights in order to further develop the script”. Mayhew has revealed that he is currently working with Newman for the story, while Inferno Entertainment will be producing. [THR]