Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Scorsese Wants De Niro and Pacino for a Sinatra Biopic
Martin Scorsese has been planning on making a Frank Sinatra biopic for a while now, and there is a lot of information about it so far. Some info is rumors, some is confirmed. Here's what we know so far. The film is to be called Sinatra. Universal has already made a deal with Tina Sinatra, Frank's daughter, and the Sinatra Estate and Warner Music Group to allow them to use any of Frank's original recordings, which may even include some unreleased material. Tina Sinatra is already on as executive producer of the project and given Scorsese full control of the project has stated that she trusts him to "present the truth" about the legendary singer. Deadline|Hollywood's Nikki Finke had previously stated that Universal's top pick to play the lead was Johnny Depp. However, in a recent interview Scorsese gave with The Hindu, a national Indian newspaper, he states "I'm yet to spot the actor who can bring back Frank Sinatra alive on screen. My choice is Al Pacino, and Robert De Niro as Dean Martin."
Scorsese also confirms in the interview that the initial script is ready, which was written by Academy Award nominee Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote and directed Field of Dreams.
In an interview with ShortList, Scorsese has stated the following about the structure: "in structure I’d like it to be more like GoodFellas. But like The Aviator, it only deals with certain times in his life. We can’t go through the greatest hits of Sinatra’s life. We tried this already. Just can’t do it. So the other way to go is to 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?"
What do you guys think? Is Pacino the right choice to play Ol' Blue Eyes?