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Super-producer Scott Rudin to inject new life in Martin Scorsese's Sinatra biopic?

Mar. 8, 2011by: George Merchan
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In case you thought SINATRA, Martin Scorsese's biopic of the famed crooner, was nothing more than a pipe dream, you may have to think again.

According to Deadline, Hollywood titan Scott Rudin (Oscar nominated for both THE SOCIAL NETWORK and TRUE GRIT) has joined Mandalay's Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman as a producer behind Scorsese's gestating project in an effort to kickstart the film's development. And believe it when I say that Rudin is a man in the business of making movies, not seeing them languish in development hell. He's currently behind David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, Sacha Baron Cohen's THE DICTATOR, and the Paul Greengrass-directed Martin Luther King Jr. assassination drama MEMPHIS.

Scorsese has already wrapped filming on HUGO CABRET and will next be turning his attention to SILENCE, a passion project the director's been keen on making for about a decade now. That one's pretty much locked as his next, but what project will the legendary filmmaker be taking on after that?

Deadline says that THE WOLF OF WALL STREET with Leonardo DiCaprio would most likely follow, but Scorsese's OG cohort Robert De Niro tells MTV otherwise: "I think there's one other movie he's going to do called Silence, it's a movie he's always been wanting to do, and he just finished Hugo Cabret, and then we'll do our film." That film, of course, is THE IRISHMAN, the project most people want to see because it involves gangsters as well as the first collaboration between Scorsese and De Niro since 1995's CASINO. It's assumed that SINATRA would likely follow this film.

Now, what can we possibly expect from SINATRA? Scorsese said the following in an interview last year with ShortList.com:

"...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."

Shortly after that interview, Marty made mention that he envisioned Al Pacino as Frank and Bobby D. as Dean Martin. Now there's a collaboration I'm itching to see.
Extra Tidbit: Scott Rudin previously produced Martin Scorsese's 1999 film BRINGING OUT THE DEAD.
Source: Deadline

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10:49AM on 03/08/2011
Wasn't Sandler rumored for a part in this years ago?

Rather see The Irishman first.
Wasn't Sandler rumored for a part in this years ago?

Rather see The Irishman first.
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10:05AM on 03/08/2011
Someone give this guy a call to produce At the Mountains of Madness!
Someone give this guy a call to produce At the Mountains of Madness!
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9:26AM on 03/08/2011
scorsese and deniro ftw!
its about time.
scorsese and deniro ftw!
its about time.
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8:44AM on 03/08/2011
My interest in this project hinges very much on who they get to play Sinatra. Like, when this was first announced, people were thinking DiCaprio or Johnny Depp. Both would just be wrong. Al Pacino? I dunno about that either. If it weren't for movies like "Ray" showing what can be accomplished by perfect casting, I'd be less enthusiastic than I am already. Scorsese knows how to make a good movie, but he also thought Cameron Diaz would make a good Irish pick-pocket.
My interest in this project hinges very much on who they get to play Sinatra. Like, when this was first announced, people were thinking DiCaprio or Johnny Depp. Both would just be wrong. Al Pacino? I dunno about that either. If it weren't for movies like "Ray" showing what can be accomplished by perfect casting, I'd be less enthusiastic than I am already. Scorsese knows how to make a good movie, but he also thought Cameron Diaz would make a good Irish pick-pocket.
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11:21AM on 03/08/2011
Didn't the studio basically force Diaz into Gangs of New York for "star power"?
Didn't the studio basically force Diaz into Gangs of New York for "star power"?
8:01AM on 03/08/2011

Can't wait...

I'm thrilled that the life story of one of my all-time favourite performers ever will be under the skilled eye of Scorsese.
I'm thrilled that the life story of one of my all-time favourite performers ever will be under the skilled eye of Scorsese.
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7:51AM on 03/08/2011

Lame

Nobody gives a shit about Frank-fuckin-Sinatra. Bring on The Irishman....
Nobody gives a shit about Frank-fuckin-Sinatra. Bring on The Irishman....
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