July 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM
- Somehow I seemed to have missed the news that Clint Eastwood is directing the screen version of the Tony Award-winning stage musical “Jersey Boys”. Anyway, catching up with this production: Christopher Walken will star as Jersey mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo. (Haven’t seen the show myself; anyone know if this is a singing role? I hope so!) Eastwood has cast stage performers, rather than movie stars, to play the four young singers at the story’s core. Word is that a few more big-name performers will be cast in supporting roles; filming begins in September.
- Ryan Coogler, director of the very fine drama “Fruitvale Station” (opening here this Friday), has just signed to direct a “Rocky” spinoff called “Creed,” with “Fruitvale Station” star Michael B. Jordan playing Apollo Creed’s grandson. Sylvester Stallone will once again play Rocky Balboa, who is by now (thank goodness) a retired fighter turned trainer.
- The extremely busy documentarian Alex Gibney, who’s made about a dozen nonfiction films since winning a 2008 Oscar for “Taxi to the Dark Side,” has a new one coming out that should be, as Nora Charles would say, a lulu. “The Armstrong Lie,” a documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong, has been in the making for four years — and changed from a comeback story to a disgrace story when Armstrong admitted last year to doping. Sony Pictures Classics has acquired rights to the film; no release date has yet been announced.