Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Martin Scorsese to direct Frank Sinatra biopic

Universal Pictures has purchased Sinatra, by screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams). Martin Scorsese is set to direct.

The deal comes after years of negotiations with Frank Sinatra Enterprises, a joint venture of the crooner's estate and Warner Music Group. One major obstacle was the internal politics of the estate, where family members had to come to consensus on how to tell the story and, more importantly, just how much of the story to tell.

Sinatra not only will allow Scorsese to tackle the life of a fellow Italian-American with enormous cultural impact, it will also give him a chance to paint a portrait of Sinatra's pal, Dean Martin. The filmmaker has for over a decade been developing a biopic on Martin titled Dino, working with a script by his Casino and Goodfellas writer Nicholas Pileggi based on the Nick Tosches biography, Dino: Livin' High in the Dirty Business of Dreams. [THR]

Considering that Scorsese got Kate Beckinsale to portray Sinatra's wife, Ava Gardner so well in The Aviator, and his affinity for biopics/celebrity documentaries (and being attached to even more biopics - Teddy Roosevelt anyone?), I have total confidence in this.

The cast hasn't been announced yet, but I like throwing out names. I suppose I'll throw out Zachary Quinto's name mostly because I still have Star Trek on the brain, and because he has Italian ancestry, and because I'm brave like that, since I know it will never happen.

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