Scorsese still on Sinatra
It would appear that Martin Scorsese is still attempting to make a film about the legendary Frank Sinatra as news comes today that a new writer has arrived to take another attempt at adapting the story for film. Unlike so many biographies of musical legends that we've heard about this one is in the unenviable position of having all the rights from Frank Sinatra Enterprises including his music.
It's a biographical film that everyone's excited about after all wouldn't you want Scorsese to direct a film about your life? Saying that, I'd still prefer a Dean Martin biographical film of the same scale but Sinatra's has more allure for audiences.
I say that because there are so many famous names associated with Frank Sinatra's life, he's had a successful film and singing career, and there has always been the alleged connection with the Mafia bringing a darker side to his life as well as the glamour.
Phil Alden Robinson was originally writing the script, think Field of Dreams and Sneakers, but it would look like his pass didn't quite make it and according to Deadline it's now Billy Ray that is the writer next up to bat.
He's certainly got a well diverse talent to attempt to capture on paper the equally diverse life and talents of Frank Sinatra, after all he's written scripts from Volcano to State of Play and he's sitting with an adaptation of the excellent El Secreto de sus Ojos amazingly called The Secret in their Eyes, a J.J. Abrams project, The Thin Man, Pan, and Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips about the captain kidnapped by the Somali pirates.
I don't think there's any doubt a film about Sinatra would go down well but just think of all the actors they would have to cast in equally famous supporting roles, roles that would demand instant recognition. I think perhaps the casting itself will be a delight to follow so let's hope they get the script right.