If anyone is the right man for the job of making a great film about the life story of the legendary Frank Sinatra, it’s Martin Scorsese. It seems the Sinatra family has realized this as well, and they’ve finally given him the rights to do it, 11 years to the day after Ol’ Blue Eyes left us. Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) will be handling the screenplay, and actual Sinatra recordings are going to be used in the film, so the lead actor won’t necessarily have to have that kind of signature voice.
The legend surrounding Sinatra is huge, fascinating and occasionally salacious. One has to think that, with Scorsese involved, they aren’t going to shy away from his alleged connections to organized crime, and they’ve got four marriages to work with, including stars Ava Gardner and Mia Farrow. Then there’s The Rat Pack with Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, his amazing musical career that had teenage girls screaming at him before Elvis ever shook his hips, his Oscar-winning movie role, style, pizazz and a notoriously fiery temper. There’s a hell of a lot to work with here, and the story’s in good hands.
Check out Sinatra in action in this montage of clips from his classic duets.
You can bet that whomsoever manages to land this challenging role is going to find it hard to top Phil Hartman.