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Jersey Boys Gets a Writer, Into the Woods Gets a Director

By January 11, 2012

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Rob MarshallThe Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Jersey Boys is coming to the big screen with John Logan now on board to adapt the play. Logan's screenwriting credits include Sweeney Todd, Rango, Hugo, Coriolanus, and the upcoming Bond film, Skyfall. He's a two-time Oscar nominee for Gladiator and The Aviator, and he was recently named as one of this year's recipients of an Oscar Wilde award at the upcoming 7th Annual Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film event. Logan's also working with Patti Smith to adapt her best-selling book, Just Kids, for the screen.

And apparently working on screenplays doesn't keep him busy enough so he fills his free time writing plays. Logan's written more than a dozens, with his Red picking up six Tony Awards in 2010.

Also keeping very busy with a project based on a Broadway musical is Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall who will be sticking with the Mouse House for Into the Woods, so says The Hollywood Reporter. Marshall's no stranger to directing movie musicals having brought both Chicago and Nine to life on the big screen, earning an Oscar nomination for Chicago back in 2002. Marshall's a solid choice for Into the Woods, although THR says it's uncertain whether it will be his next project (he's also working on The Thin Man with Johnny Depp).

James Lapine is adapting the musical and Stephen Sondheim is writing new songs for the fairy tale-themed film.

(Photo of Rob Marshall by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

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