It’s full steam ahead for UNIVERSAL in the movie musical department as they get ready to roll out LES MISERABLES at Christmas this year, they’ve also got two massive broadway properties warming up in the form of the worldwide smashes WICKED and JERSEY BOYS.
With WICKED, the studio is hoping to land Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Reader, The Hours) to direct the film and deadline are reporting that this is close to fruition. Daldry’s last film was this years EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.
For JERSEY BOYS none other than Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man 1, Iron Man 2, Cowboys & Aliens) is mentioned as taking on directorial duties. It’s a big job to handle a stage show as popular as this one but Favreau can pull it off.
More soon as information comes in.