Oh, what a night -- if there's one musical Hollywood's been eager to get its hands on, it's 'Jersey Boys' -- also known as the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The production has done killer business, pulling in over a billion dollars worldwide since its debut five years ago, while also earning four Tony Awards (including the weighty Best Musical) and a Grammy when the tunes were put on CD.

With solid success, 'Jersey Boys' powered forward with no Hollywood plans in sight, but all of that changed six weeks ago. The screen rights were made available, an auction commenced and after a big seven-figure deal, Graham King's GK Films will whip the stage story into a feature film.
Upon winning the impressive battle, Deadline reports that King's shingle has already slated Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice to write the script, which should make for a natural, yet interesting adaptation. The pair wrote the book for the Broadway musical, while Brickman also has an old history with Hollywood, helping Woody Allen piece together some of his notable films like the Oscar-nominated script for 'Manhattan' and winning screenplay for 'Annie Hall.'

The musical focuses on how The Four Seasons came together, rose to fame and eventually disbanded. Each band member narrates a segment of the piece, offering up their perspective on the story, set to seasons -- Tommy DeVito ushers in Spring, Bob Gaudio's got Summer, Nick Massi relates Fall and Frankie Valli wraps up with Winter. As the story is relayed, the audience grooves to the likes of Four Seasons classics like "Big Girls Don't Cry" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

Naturally, this whole plan was helped by the success 'Mamma Mia!' brought to the form, but let's hope this adaptation comes off a little less goofy -- which it should. Valli wasn't cooking up elaborate schemes to figure out who daddy was while partying at a European resort.

But it will all come down to the stars. Get those casting thinking caps cooking!
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