Who else could bring the life of legendary crooner, and Academy Award winning actor Frank Sinatra to the big screen besides Martin Scorsese? I’m a huge fan of Sinatra (as I stare at the Rat Pack poster above my desk), so imagine my reaction when I discovered his life story would be made into a feature film. According to ComingSoon, Universal has acquired the life rights of Sinatra from his estate, and are developing a biopic along with Mandalay Pictures.
The screenplay for the film, which is aptly titled Sinatra, is being written by Phil Alden Robinson. He’s the same guy who directed and penned the screenplay for the the Kevin Costner flick, Field of Dreams. The combination of his script and Scorsese’s direction appears to be a match made in heaven.
“We have dreamt of making a movie about Frank Sinatra, and Marty Scorsese is undeniably the perfect vision keeper for this project,” said Chairman of Mandalay Entertainment Group, Peter Guber. President of Mandalay Pictures, Cathy Schulman added “In addition to our excitement at having Marty in the director’s chair, we are thrilled to be in business with Universal, the Sinatra estate, Warner Music Group and the talented Phil Alden Robinson on this project about one of our greatest entertainers.”
Representatives from Sinatra’s family were present during the announcement today, including his daughter Tina who fully endorsed the film.
“My father had great admiration for the talent of the people he chose to work with, and the talented people who worked with my father had great admiration for him,” said Tina Sinatra. “It is personally pleasing to me that this paradigm continues with Marty Scorsese at the helm of the Sinatra film.”
This hits close to home for me, because Frank Sinatra is literally one of my favorite all around performers. He was a true triple threat, and constantly churned out quality work, whether it be in film or music. Hell, I’m listening to him right now as I write this article. I have no idea who they have in mind to star as the lead, but hopefully it’s an unknown. At the moment I can’t think of any Hollywood actor, who could seamlessly disappear into his persona.
Who do you think could play Sinatra? What do you think of Scorsese directing his biopic?