Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is looking to tackle a markedly less controversial subject matter his next venture. The director behind Taxi to the Dark Side and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room is set to helm and produce an untitled four-hour miniseries documentary about the life and music of Frank Sinatra for Alcon Entertainment and HBO. The documentary is described as “an up close and personal examination of Sinatra, his life, his music and the legendary career that stands alone as unquestionably the most celebrated of the century.” The doc will feature never before seen footage, including home movies and professional and private performances by Sinatra.
Frank Marshall is onboard to executive produce the documentary alongside Nancy Sinatra, and it will premiere on HBO once it’s completed. Gibney recently helmed the disturbing Catholic church scandal doc Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God for HBO and the Julian Assange documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, which hits theaters later next month. Hit the jump to read the full press release regarding the Sinatra documentary.
Uber-producer Scott Rudin has joined the producing team of Martin Scorsese’s in-development Frank Sinatra biopic. Rudin is coming off a strong, if ultimately disappointing, award season as producer of both True Grit and The Social Network. Scorsese has been working on his Sinatra biopic for a while, and plans to ultimately direct the project when it’s ready. Though one would assume that Leonardo DiCaprio would be Scorsese’s top choice to take on the role of the crooner, the director recently dropped quite a few big names of actors he’d like to work with including Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Brad Pitt.
Deadline reports that Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) originally worked on the script for the flick, but Universal is currently looking for another scribe to take one more crack at it. Hit the jump for more on the project and what’s ahead for Scorsese. [Update: Speaking to MTV, Robert De Niro says that Scorsese will shoot Silence next, then The Irishman with De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. More after the jump]
There may yet be many months between us and a Frank Sinatra biopic directed by Martin Scorsese, but the auteur is slowly compiling an impressive list of actors he would like to work on the picture. Scorsese already mentioned Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Tobey Maguire, but dropped this bomb in a recent interview.
“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 has previously expressed interest in hiring different actors to portray the iconic singer at different points in his life (“Younger. Older. Middle-aged. Very old.”), so Pacino and De Niro would presumably play Sinatra and Martin circa the late seventies (i.e. “very old”). Hit the jump for more comments from Scorsese regarding the “histrionic ability” of Pacino, his admiration for Meryl Streep, and the drawbacks of the James Cameron era of Hollywood.
Though Martin Scorsese almost certainly hasn’t yet picked out who will play Ol’ Blue Eyes in his upcoming Sinatra biopic, he did drop some seriously big names in a recent interview that’s certain to increase the already rather high speculation. According to Shortlist [via The Playlist] about actors he’d like to work with:
“Johnny Depp is one. I like him. He’s unique. I don’t know how he does it. George Clooney. Brad Pitt’s interesting. And Tobey Maguire. There’s a lot of good people.”
That certainly does seem like simply a dropping of all the big names he could think of, but imagine just how good his biopic could be if he were to somehow snag all those guys and make them part of his rat pack. If I had a vote, though no one’s asked me yet, I’d say James Franco would be the ideal choice to play Frank Sinatra himself. What say you? Hit the jump to read more of what Scorsese had to say about his Sinatra biopic, and to find out just how long we might have to wait to see it.
Variety is reporting that Martin Scorsese is directing a biopic based on the life of Frank Sinatra called, appropriately, “Sinatra”. This news always goes down smooth because it’s the kind of film we expect from Scorsese. It will be his fifth biopic (sixth if you count “The Last Temptation of Christ”), it’s an Italian-American director exploring the life of an Italian-American singer and actor, and Sinatra was a legend in his own time, much like the subject of Scorsese’s most recent biopic, Howard Hughes in “The Aviator”. One day, I would really like Scorsese to just blow all of our minds and say “I’m directing the next ‘Transformers’ movie.”
The script is being developed by Phil Alden Robinson (“Sneakers”, “Field of Dreams”) and since it would kill Variety to actually call someone and make an inquiry, we’re left to wonder where this project lands in relation to everything else Scorsese potentially has on tap: the film about Boston hitman John Mortorano, “Silence”, and “I Heard You Paint Houses”. Using my rudimentary knowledge, I would assume that “Silence” is going to be Scorsese’s next film simply because it has already has begun attaching names like Daniel Day Lewis, Benecio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal. But that’s just pure conjecture on my part. Sweet, pure conjecture.