Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra Biopic Is Officially Dead In the Water

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How many biopics around iconic deceased musicians are we going to go through until one of them actually gets made with the first choice of actor, director, etc.? Ol’ Blue Eyes is without a doubt one of the most iconic musicians to ever live and his story writes itself, but it looks like the remaining family in the Sinatra tree don’t want his story to be told in a way that they see fit Scorsese’s vision.

Two scripts had been in the works for a biopic with a connection to Leonardo DiCaprio set to star, but that was in 2009, and it looks like the film has been scrapped completely. Actors like Johnny Depp and George Clooney were also in the mix at one point. Scorsese envisioned the film in the vein of Goodfellas and The Aviator for reference which makes sense since Scorsese had hoped to delve deeper into Sinatra’s mob ties as well as political influence.

Sinatra’s family clearly didn’t want to go the route of the dark and violent route that Scorsese is known for in his films. He told The Toronto Sun: 

“We can’t do it. I think it is finally over. [Sinatra’s estate] won’t agree to it. Open it up again and I’m there…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.”

The man speaks the truth and it’s a shame that this is possibly the final frontier for the film with the vision of Scorsese no more, but what can we do, but hope that they all somehow realize how cool this could be. Regardless of it all, I don’t think I’d want to see my family members paraded on a screen if they had dark and dirty secrets never really explored.

Source: The Toronto Sun

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