Scorsese to Direct Sinatra Biopic

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In a collision of two of the 20th Century’s great Italian-American icons, Martin Scorsese will direct a biopic of Frank Sinatra.

According to a Deadline report Monday, Scorsese will direct the film at Universal for producers Scott Rudin, Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman, from a script by Billy Ray, who wrote “The Hunger Games” and directed “Shattered Glass.”

Scorsese will make the movie after he finishes his current project, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The film will mark the first major biopic of Sinatra, who died in 1998; Gruber and Schulman have secured “life and music rights” from the singer’s estate.

There’s no word of casting, but I can’t wait for all the speculation.

Scorsese was rumored, about ten years ago, to be directing a biopic of another member of the Rat Pack, Dean Martin, but that project never came together.

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