Scorsese Scraps Sinatra Biopic

scorsese2Acclaimed movie director Martin Scorsese has announced that he may have to scrap plans to make a film about the life and music of Frank Sinatra. A Sinatra biopic has been on the cards for over 8 years; however, there have been numerous difficulties in gaining approval from the star’s family.

Martin Scorsese is perhaps the greatest living film director. Over his illustrious 40 year career, Scorsese has created some of the most beautifully crafted movies in the history of cinema. Many of his films such as ‘Mean Streets’, ‘Taxi Driver’, ‘Raging Bull’ and ‘Goodfellas’ are now considered classics, and some of his recent releases including ‘The Departed’, ‘Shutter Island’, ‘Hugo’ and ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ are thought of as some of the best films of the 21st century.

Scorsese’s most recent film ‘Silence’ was released last month and is already receiving hugely positive reviews. The film, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver follows the story of two Jesuit priests in the 17th century, and their journey to locate their missing mentor in Japan.

‘Silence’ may be stealing all the headlines, but something that many Scorsese fans may not be aware of is his passion project centering around legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. In an interview with Shortlist, Scorsese said of the project: “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. … So that’s what we’re trying for. It’s very tricky.”

It appears that there have now been further complications with the project, and at this point it may never see the light of day. In a recent interview with The Toronto Sun, Scorsese explained: “We can’t do it!” “I think it is finally over. [The Sinatra estate] won’t agree to it.” “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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Frank Sinatra in concert at Radio City Music Hall.


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