I'm sure I'm not the only one who's baffled that a movie about the life of legendary Rat Pack singer Frank Sinatra hasn't been made as of yet. Oh, I'm sure there's been some TV movies (as well as a few stage plays), but I'm talking about a properly done, theatrically released biopic.
Well, the one and only Martin Scorsese is now set to make a movie on the life of the singer, simply titled Sinatra. Universal Pictures has acquired the rights (previously owned by Mandalay Pictures) to the project, as well as the permission of the Sinatra family (which, apparently, isn't an easy thing to get), to not only make the project but use the actual music (including the voice) of the man himself within it, too.
Scorsese will be producing the movie as well as directing, Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) will write the screenplay, and Sinatra's daughter Tina will be acting as executive producer. I guess a controversial, risque view of the titular figure won't be in the cards, then.... Other producers include Peter Gruber, Cathy Schulman and former Warner Bros. music division head Garry LeMel.
"This has been a passion project for Peter Guber for a long time, and first he got together with the Sinatra Estate, and then with Scorsese who's also a huge Sinatra fan."
Even if Sinatra's daughter, Tina, doesn't allow the display of some of the more controversial parts of Sinatra's life (such as his alleged links to organized crime), the film is still sure to be pretty truthful as she has said that she would "trust Scorsese implicitly [to] present the truth about her father."
At first there were no concrete names floating around for who would play one of music's most iconic figures, but shortly after the initial news broke, there was another piece stating that a couple of actors were already being looked at. Who are they? Well, not the most original of roots to go down as far as acting choices go, but they are amazing choices nonetheless: Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio.
DiCaprio's name is being thrown around just as more of possibility than anything else, simply because he is a firm favorite of Scorsese, having worked with him four times already (Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and the upcoming Shutter Island). I wouldn't be surprised if he becomes officially in the running for the role sometime in the near future.
However, Universal is reportedly holding Depp as there first choice for the role (word is they are really impressed with his performance in the upcoming Public Enemies). Since whoever plays him won't be singing themselves as Sinatra within the movie (but rather, as was stated, the studio have the permission to use the actual music and voice of the real Sinatra), so the question of, "Can Depp sing like Sinatra, if at all?" doesn't come into it.
Deadline Hollywood points out something obvious yet completely surprising: Depp and Scorsese have never worked together before. Is that even possible? Two of modern cinema's greatest talents have yet to team-up? I don't see why they aren't shooting this thing already!
As I said in the opening of this post, I can't believe a proper movie about the life of such a legendary music figure like Sinatra hasn't been made yet. Then again, if the wait meant we get one done by Scorsese with either Depp or DiCaprio filling Sinatra's shoes, then it just may have been worth it.
Are you glad they are finally making a Sinatra biopic? Who would you like to see play him: Depp, DiCaprio or someone else entirely?
Source: Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood