I’m pretty sure we’ll be stuck in the speculation/rumor/filmmaker comment zone every day until Disney announces a director has been signed for Star Wars Episode VII. So today’s comments come from three different filmmakers, two of the fan picks: JJ Abrams and Jon Favreau and the less obvious choice: newcomer Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed). Are any of these directors in the running for the job? Are any of them actually interested in going to a Galaxy Far Far Away? Find out after the jump.

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From the moment Disney announced its intentions to create a new Star Wars trilogy, one of the big questions has been which filmmaker might get a crack at the iconic franchise. But the directors themselves are fans, too, and even as we’ve been arguing which of them should get the job, many of them are just going through the same emotions we are — surprise, concern, excitement. Hit the jump read their thoughts.

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Much as Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons had a difficult road to the top, so too is the film adaptation of their Broadway musical Jersey Boys facing a tough trek to the screen. Purchased by GK Films for a hefty sum in 2010, Jersey Boys soon had director Jon Favreau prepping the John Logan-penned film at Warner Bros. He’s been casting and even had some familiar faces potentially lined up for key roles. However, it seems the studio has decided the budget and international appeal aren’t quite to its liking. The project, which was at Sony before landing at Warners, is now being shopped to other studios.

After the jump, read more about the story, this unfortunate turn of events and the actors that were reportedly being eyed for key roles.  Read More »

In the year and change since Cowboys & Aliens opened, director Jon Favreau has worked on the TV series Revolution, and prepped Disney’s film Magic Kingdom and a feature version of the stage musical Jersey Boys. Nw his name is attached to another project that, like Jersey Boys, is more realistic, in terms of subject matter, than most of the films he’s known for directing at this point.

Battle for Bonneville is the story of half-brothers Art and Walt Arfons, who were racing rivals that ultimately competed to set the land speed record in jet-powered car driven on the famous Bonneville salt flats in Utah. The Bourne Legacy co-writer Dan Gilroy scripted, and New Regency is in final talks to pick up the project with Favreau directing and Ryan Reynolds attached to star as one of the Arfons brothers. Read More »

Director Jon Favreau is looking for unknowns to star in his upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Jersey Boys. Over the next two weekends, in Philadelphia and New York, he’s looking for male singers to audition for the four lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, the legendary music group at the center of this classic rags to riches story. This means that if you live on the East Coast, are male and can sing, you may just become a superstar.

The site also mentions the film will begin shooting in New York in January 2013. Read more about each role after the jump. Read More »

One of the unfortunate side effects of Jon Favreau‘s recent decision to direct a big-screen adaptation of Jersey Boys was the delay of Magic Kingdom, the theme park fantasy he’s been attached to for the past couple of years. But according to Favreau, that longer wait is actually a blessing.

In a new interview, the filmmaker assures fans that he’s still working on Magic Kingdom, and in fact has been collaborating with Pixar to develop the story. He also very reasonably points out that his last three movies were all done under pressure from deadlines — and as we know, that rushed timetable wasn’t always to the films’ benefit. Read his comments after the jump.

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Jon Favreau will soon be delving deep into east coast Italian subculture when he directs the musical Jersey Boysbut first he’ll work with the man who helped put that subculture on the map. Favreau is set to join the cast of director Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf Of Wall Street, playing a securities lawyer opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. Based on Jordan Belfort‘s memoir of ’80s excess in New York City, the film also features Jean Dujardin, Jonah Hill and Kyle Chandler. It was adapted by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire). Read more after the jump. Read More »

As film after film gets reworked for the Great White Way, two Broadway smash hits are, in turn, inching closer to the big screen. Universal’s been trying to put together a movie adaptation of Wicked (itself the stage adaptation of Gregory Maguire‘s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West) for a few years now with little to show for it, but now they’re actively courting Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close helmer Stephen Daldry for the gig.

Meanwhile, over at Sony/Columbia, Jon Favreau‘s gone from being the frontrunner to direct the studio’s Jersey Boys pic to actually negotiating for the job. More details on both after the jump.

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