Martin Scorsese will be directing a Frank Sinatra biopic, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Universal announced that they have a script from “Field Of Dreams” writer Phil Alden Robinson and have reached an agreement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises, a joint venture of the late Sinatra’s estate and Warner Music Group.
Internal conflict within the Sinatra family estate over how the life story of legendary singer and actor Frank Sinatra, who died in 1998 was what has held up any project beforehand, as well as merchandising rights issues, though those all have been resolved according to the Sinatra estate.
“Sinatra” will also allow Scorsese to tackle the life of Sinatra’s good lifelong friend, Dean Martin, who he has been attempting to spotlight in a film of his own titled “Dino.” Scorsese has been, for a long time, working with a script for “Dino” from “Casino” and “Goodfellas” writer Nicholas Pileggi, based on the Nick Tosches biography “Dino: Livin’ High in the Dirty Business of Dreams.”
Sinatra was born in Hoboken, N.J. in 1915, coming of age during the Depression. He built a successful singing career that garnered him 31 gold records and countless other honors throughout an ever-changing popular music climate. A successful actor, he appeared in the original “Ocean’s 11” and “Von Ryan’s Express”, and earned an Oscar for 1953’s “From Here to Eternity.” Rumored to have connections to organized crime, he was also marrried four times, and suffered from depression throughout his life.
So far no casting news or timetable has been released yet for “Sinatra”.
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By Costa Koutsoutis (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)