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Scorsese Set to Make Sinatra Biopic

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Rumor has it that Martin Scorsese is going to direct a biopic of Frank Sinatra. Tina Sinatra (Sinatra’s daughter) will produce the project.

He just released his Rolling Stones rockumentary Shine a Light and has a biopic of reggae icon Bob Marley in-development, but it seems that Martin Scorsese’s got Frank Sinatra under his skin now, too.

Latino Review points out an article at Female First that reveals Scorsese is looking to direct a biopic of Ol’ Blue Eyes. (There is another Sinatra movie in the works, Mr. S, which is based on the memoir by Sinatra’s valet, to be played by Chris Tucker. Brett Ratner is attached to direct.)

The late Chairman’s daughter Tina will produce the film; she also produced a 1992 TV miniseries biopic with her father’s blessing. “Marty has always wanted to do this. I trust him implicitly,” Tina told Female First.

The biopic will reportedly “present the truth” about Frank Sinatra and “finally end speculation the late star was part of the American gangster scene.”

This would not be Scorsese’s first brush with a Rat Pack biopic. He spent years developing the now-shelved Dino, an adaptation of Nick Tosches’ gritty bestseller Dino: Livin’ High in the Dirty Business of Dreams. Tom Hanks had been lined up to play Dean Martin, with John Travolta reportedly attached to play Sinatra.

So who do you think should play Sinatra? While they may not be Italian-Americans, how about Daniel Craig or Bruce Willis as Ol’ Blue Eyes?

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