It looks like a biopic about Ol’ Blue Eyes is no more. Per Rolling Stone, a long-gestating Frank Sinatra film has finally kicked the bucket, mostly due to Sinatra’s remaining family members’ resistance to certain plot points in the script. At least that’s the reasoning given by the film’s would-be helmer, one Martin Scorsese. The director, whose films have helped define the image of the contemporary Italian-American man, says it’s that very aspect of Sinatra’s life that holds the project from completion. “It’s very hard [to write the script] because here is a man who changed the entire image of the Italian-American,” Scorsese said. “And that’s just one thing. Along with his political work, civil rights, the mob.” Scorsese says he’d be back in a flash if Sinatra’s family agreed to make a film, but until then, the dream is dead. It’s a project Scorsese has played with for a few decades, but perhaps the release of the director’s acclaimed religious epic Silence — which also percolated for decades — allowed the eyebrowed one to relax in the “projects I’d like to see completed in my lifetime” sense. R.I.P. to the Sinatra biopic that might have starred an ill-cast Leonardo Dicaprio. Your director did it his way.
Frank Sinatra in 1968. Photo: AFP/AFP/Getty Images