Scorsese Talks Sinatra & Casting for Invention

Lonely Reviewer contributor Ben has been waiting as long as he’s heard about it for Martin Scorsese’s Sinatra biopic.The Oscar winning director said recently that the project is proving to be a difficult challenge due to the sheer size of Sinatra’s life.

He told Shortlist.com that “It’s very hard because here is a man who changed the entire image of the Italian-American. And that’s just one thing. Along with his political work, civil rights, the Mob.”

The film apparently will be much like “The Aviator,” by only focusing at certain points in his life.

He tells the site that you could “have three or four different Sinatras. Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old. You cut back and forth in time – and you do it through the music. See what I’m saying? So that’s what we’re trying for.”

I’m confident if anyone can build an amazing film out of an amazing life, its Martin Scorsese.

In other Scorsese related news, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley have been cast in his next film, an adapation of the children’s book ‘Invention of Hugo Cabret.’

Scorsese Taking on Sinatra

The title sentence alone should send Sinatra fans through the roof with excitement.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has accquired the rights to a Sinatra script written by “Field of Dreams” scribe Phil Alden Robinson.

The deal comes after years of negotiating with the Sinatra estate.  Apparently, the major sticking point was how to tell the story and how much of the story to tell.  Scorsese had reportedly been working with “Goodfellas” co-writer Nick Pileggi for over a decade on a script about Dean Martin.  How that script is impacted by this deal remains to be seen.  (At one point, the rumor was Tom Hanks would play Dino.)

No one has been cast thus far as the iconic singer.  Ray Liotta, (who of course rose to fame as Henry Hill in Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,”) played Mr. Sinatra in a 1998 HBO movie.

Martin Scorsese to Helm Sinatra Biopic?

Tina Sinatra told reporters that Martin Scorsese will be directing a major biopic about her father, the late Frank Sinatra, for Universal Pictures.

While Sinatra did socialize with figures of organized crime, the biopic will focus on the truth only, avoiding any rumors of Sinatra being a mafia stooge.

No announcement has come from Scorsese’s camp (the only announcement being the Wolf of Wall Street film), which means, who knows where this project could end up. What would you think of Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Sinatra?

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