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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2009, 11:54:03 AM »
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Actors to play Sinatra? Has to be an assholish type. I'm clueless.

If Guy Pearce could get the accent right, I think he has the chops to do it.

he could be great, but we all know this is going to be expensive, probably 130 million or something and they need a star.

if it's between depp and leo, I think di caprio is the way to go.

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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2009, 05:04:33 PM »
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Well, this is a good choice in director.  Scorsese excels at movies about gangsters.

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« Reply #17 on: August 19, 2009, 01:36:43 AM »
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TINA WANTS A 'SOFTER' FRANK
Source: NY Post

THE Sinatra clan is none too pleased with the dark direction Martin Scorsese is taking with his biopic of Frank Sinatra.

Back in May, it was announced that the Academy Award-winning director had signed on to direct the life story of Ol' Blue Eyes, with Universal and Mandalay set to produce. Phil Alden Robinson, who wrote "Field of Dreams," was brought in as a screenwriter.

But according to a source close to the Sinatra family, Frank's daughter and the film's executive producer, Tina Sinatra, is worried that Scorsese's vision might ultimately taint her father's legacy.

"Marty wants it to be hard-hitting and showcase the violent, sexually charged, hard-drinking Frank, but Tina wants to show the softer side of her dad and let the focus be on the music," says our source.

"The '60s were a very swinging time for Frank -- he was having sex with a garden variety of bimbos and cementing his Rat Pack status. It's a really key time to his mythology. And Tina really wants to make sure that a sanitized Frank comes through, and that it's not overly negative."

Among those whose names have been thrown into the ring to play the Chairman of the Board are Scorsese's favorite, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tina Sinatra's choice, George Clooney, and the studio's preference, Johnny Depp.

Whichever star lands the role doesn't need to worry about singing, as Universal acquired the rights to Sinatra's catalog for the picture, and the actor will be lip-synching.

Tina Sinatra did not return our calls for comment. Scorsese's rep, Leslee Dart, tells Page Six, "Marty has been swamped working on 'Shutter Island' and his HBO project, 'Boardwalk Empire,' and he hasn't even begun to turn his attention to this. He and Tina are looking forward to working together in the future."
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« Reply #18 on: August 19, 2009, 02:18:36 PM »
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Bitch....sorry still angry.
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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #19 on: August 19, 2009, 02:24:17 PM »
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Doesn't she realize sex, booze, and violence are cool, and would increase his popularity with the young people?  :doh:

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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #20 on: August 19, 2009, 02:55:58 PM »
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just do fucking Silence, man. Do a slow one.

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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2009, 11:22:22 AM »
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George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp battle to play Frank Sinatra their way
Three of Hollywood's leading men are in the frame to star in Martin Scorsese's forthcoming Frank Sinatra biopic
Source: The Observer

Together they have earned almost £3bn at the box office. But with only one best supporting actor Oscar between them, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp are all fighting to land the role that will surely give the victor the best chance yet of securing the critical acclaim to match their earning power.

All three A-listers are in the frame to play Frank Sinatra in Martin Scorsese's forthcoming biopic, and each has a powerful backer. Scorsese, who won his first best director Oscar in 2006 for The Departed, wants his current muse DiCaprio to play the Rat Pack singer. The two are putting the finishing touches to Shutter Island, their fourth film together, before Scorsese turns his attention to making Sinatra next year.

Executives at Universal, the studio financing the film, are pushing for Depp to play Sinatra, after being impressed by his performance as bank robber John Dillinger in Public Enemies this year.

But Sinatra's daughter, Tina, has her own view of how her father should be portrayed, which critics feel would be a sanitised life story. She favours Clooney, in what would be his most challenging role to date, as a safe pair of hands.

Reports in America suggest she is worried that Scorsese, who did not flinch at portraying the dark side of boxer Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull and billionaire Howard Hughes in The Aviator, may favour giving Sinatra the same treatment. The New York Post quoted a source close to the Sinatra family saying: "Marty wants it to be hard-hitting and showcase the violent, sexually charged, hard-drinking Frank, but Tina wants to show the softer side of her dad and let the focus be on the music. The 60s were a very swinging time for Frank – he was having sex with a garden variety of bimbos and cementing his Rat Pack status. It's a really key time to his mythology. And Tina really wants to make sure that a sanitised Frank comes through, and that it's not overly negative."

"Clooney would be my choice," said Dan Jolin, features editor at Empire magazine. "I think he has the requisite easy charisma to pull it off in terms of Sinatra's onstage persona, although I think all three choices are perhaps too likeable to sell me Sinatra's dark side – the rages, the vindictiveness, and so on. It should be a warts-and-all story, hands down. That's where the real drama will come from and it certainly worked for Jake LaMotta. Also, there's nothing people enjoy seeing more than an icon being creatively and excitingly tarnished."

Brandon Lee, from the Independent Film Channel, said: "I've got high hopes that someone will have an intervention with Scorsese regarding his Leonardo DiCaprio addiction in time for the casting. Scorsese is the right director to helm such a picture, his love and deft handling of cool, macho packs of guys is half the battle. But it's his choice of lead that worries me. Of course, Scorsese wants a violent, sexed-up, mob-related picture. Tina reportedly prefers a softer approach that focuses on the music. Clearly, she should be removed from the decision-making process, but we can't blame her either."

As the executive producer who has granted permission on behalf of the Sinatra estate for Scorsese to use all of her father's famous songs, it is Tina's opinion that could hold sway.

At least whoever wins does not have to worry about singing. Any music in the film will come from Sinatra's own recordings, after Universal and production partners Mandalay successfully spent two years negotiating with Frank Sinatra Enterprises for the right to use his voice. The script will be written by Phil Alden Robinson, who served as both screenwriter and director of Field of Dreams and Sneakers.

Scorsese's picture is the first big-screen movie depicting the man known as the Chairman of the Board, who died of a heart attack in 1998 aged 82. Sinatra was raised in New Jersey by Italian immigrants and won 10 Grammy awards and a best supporting actor Oscar.

Off screen he led the Rat Pack, famous for their parties as much as performances at Las Vegas casinos during the 1960s. The group also included Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford. Sinatra's life filled the pages of gossip columnists with tales of sexual intrigues, presidential friendships and mafia links. Producer Cathy Schulman said: "Everyone knows Marty Scorsese is a final-cut director. So there had to be a lot of trust that he would tell this story in a way that didn't destroy Sinatra's memory."
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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2009, 05:14:44 PM »
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I say let them triple-team it, "I'm Not There" style. And while we're at it, throw Cate Blanchett in the mix, because why the hell not.
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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #23 on: October 27, 2009, 05:23:59 PM »
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You know what would be better than this?  A movie about a Sinatra-like character that wasn't bound to what actually happened, or pleasing the estate, or impersonations, or lip synching. 

Biopics: :sleeping:
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« Reply #24 on: March 11, 2010, 12:51:24 PM »
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Martin Scorsese Talks Frank Sinatra Biopic, Aiming For 'The Aviator' Meets 'Goodfellas'
Source: ThePlaylist

Martin Scorsese recently spoke with Shortlist about his gestating biopic on famous entertainer, Frank Sinatra which will now have to follow his forthcoming children's film "The Invention Of Hugo Cabret," Jesuit-priest pic "Silence" and mob-film "The Irishman" with Robert De Niro.

"We’re still working on the 'Sinatra' script," Scorsese reiterates. "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..."

While the director once again confirms he has yet to discuss the role with any actor, he did name-drop a few actors he'd like to work with in the future aside from usual collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio.

"Johnny Depp is one. I like him. He’s unique. I don’t know how he does it. George Clooney. Brad Pitt is interesting. And Tobey Maguire. There’s a lot of good people."

It sounds like just an A-list name-dropping session but, interestingly, Depp and Clooney were previously linked to the role of Sinatra along side with DiCaprio with a reported three way battle between the director, the studio and Sinatra's daughter rumored to be taking place about which actor would be best fit the role. Though perhaps Scorsese appease all parties by fitting all three in? That being said, the director flat out denies talking to any of them about the Sinatra film so its all conjecture at this point.

"I was hoping it would be a combination of the two ["The Aviator" and "Goodfellas"]. Yeah, because 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? So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky [laughs]."

Could this mean Scorsese will be utilizing mutliple actors to portray different times in Sinatra's life like Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There"? Imagine that: DiCaprio as the younger Sinatra, Depp as the older and Clooney as the middle-aged, all running around in the same film. It's purely wishful thinking on our part but wouldn't that would be something? Scorsese had previously discussed the inter-cutting script but seems more assured about what his going for this time around.

Either way, with three pics ahead of 'Sinatra' in the pecking order, don't expect this is to film until 2012 at the very earliest.
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« Reply #25 on: May 24, 2010, 02:40:05 PM »
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Martin Scorsese Wants Al Pacino & Robert De Niro To Play Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin In Upcoming Biopic
Source: The Playlist
 
While doing press rounds for "Shutter Island" which only opened in India this past weekend, Martin Scorsese spoke with national newspaper The Hindu and took the opportunity to talk about one of his many gestating projects, a biopic of American music icon Frank Sinatra.

As we previously reported, the director has noted that Sinatra's life is epic, making the straightforward biopic particularly difficult, and Scorsese is hoping an approach with a few actors playing the singer at various points in his life will allow him an entry into the story saying, "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? So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky [laughs]."

While names like Johnny Depp, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Brad Pitt have been batted around as actors Scorsese would love to work with at some point (though none of them have officially been offered anything at this point), it looks like the director already has his wishlist sorted out for who will play the older incarnations of Sinatra and Dean Martin: "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."

Um, holy shit. While it's obviously only dream casting at this point, that would make a helluva duo to play the singers in the later stages of their career. We're a little unsure about Pacino, but in the same interview, Scorsese says he's the only actor who match De Niro's talents. At the very least, if he does get cast surely Scorsese can get him to tone down the "hoo-ha" for the part.

However, until a concrete script and cast come together for this, the film will just be one of many -- including "The Irishman," "Silence," a couple of down-and-dirty street movies, a handful of documentaries -- that remain on Scorsese's slate of projects. There's no word on when this will go in front of cameras, but if a script gets locked in that Scorsese likes and that meets with the approval of the various estates involved, it could rapidly move up the pecking order for the director. Scorsese, meantime, is set to begin work next month in Paris on his first 3D film, "Hugo Cabret," starring Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley.
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Re: Sinatra biopic
« Reply #26 on: May 24, 2010, 02:51:12 PM »
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of course.

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« Reply #27 on: January 09, 2017, 01:37:22 PM »
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Martin Scorsese Exits Frank Sinatra Biopic
via The Playlist

While “Silence” has been the project Martin Scorsese has carried around with him the longest, there are a small handful more that have also been percolating for years, and of those is a biopic on the legendary crooner, Frank Sinatra. A film about the iconic singer, who rubbed shoulders with politicians, gangsters and celebrities, saw the rise of Las Vegas, made music history, and left an impact on the big screen too, seems like a no brainer for Scorsese, but it has proven difficult to mount.

There have been a lot of grand ideas around the movie that at one point had mega-producer Scott Rudin attached, including shooting in 3D, and enlisting Al Pacino and Robert De Niro to play Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. But unfortunately, Scorsese has decided to walk from the movie because he can’t tell the story he way he wants to.

“We can’t do it! … I think it is finally over. They [remaining members of the Sinatra clan] won’t agree to it. Open it up again and I’m there!” he told the Toronto Sun. “Certain things are very difficult for a family, and I totally understand. But, if they expect me to be doing it, they can’t hold back certain things. The problem is that the man was so complex. Everybody is so complex — but Sinatra in particular.”

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« Reply #28 on: January 09, 2017, 01:41:45 PM »
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Just swinging the door wide open for Seth MacFarlane to swoop in and take over.
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