Back in 2009 Martin Scorsese signed on to direct a Frank Sinatra biopic called Sinatra for Universal Pictures. I was wondering if this movie was ever going to happen, but today we've learned that the studio has hired a new screenwriter for the film, which means Scorsese is finally getting ready to move forward with it! The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray will be working on the script. He's been working on a few other project lately that includes an untitled project with J.J. Abrams, and the Paul Greengrass-directed Somali pirate film Captain Phillips, which will star Tom Hanks. Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) was originally hired to write the script.
Sinatra's youngest daughter Tina Sinatra will be an executive producer on the project, and it will tell the life story of the legendary singer/actor. This is going to be a great project. Sinatra led one hell of an interesting life, that's going to make for a great movie, and Scorsese is the perfect director to develop the material.
It will be awesome to see who they end up casting in the film. Not only is there Sinatra but they've also got to cast people to play Ava Gardner, Mia Farrow, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Marilyn Monroe and JFK!
Scorsese is currently directing The Wolf Of Wall Street, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin and Kyle Chandler. The director isn't committed to anything else after that yet, but he's got a ton of projects to choose from that are being developed such as an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel Silence, as well as the Robert De Niro mob film The Irishman, and an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses. Personally I hope he takes Sinatra soon, because it's a movie I'd love to see.
What movie would you like to see Scorese make next, and who would you like to see cast in the role of Sinatra? Do you think he'll once again cast DiCaprio in the lead role?