Martin Scorsese, one of the most iconic of American filmmakers, is not a man to rest on his laurels. Even with production beginning on The Wolf of Wall Street, he is still keeping his prospects in order. To that effect, it seems that a writer has been hired for Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra biopic, a project he’s been attached to for a few years now. Screenwriter Billy Ray will be handling the scripting duties, a sign the project is being taken seriously as the writer is poised for a wave of success following his adaptation of The Hunger Games.
I love Martin Scorsese and his work, but he is the kind of filmmaker that can’t sit idle. Not only does he have this project picking up steam, but he is also slated to adapt at least two other projects for film. How many years of commitment is that already? And The Wolf of Wall Street will only begin production this month! As a man getting on in his years I wonder if Scorsese should take a little respite every now and again.
Even with my anxiety over his work habits, there is no doubt in my mind that Scorsese’s Sinatra biopic will be nothing but epic. His was a life of glamour and success, while also casting a long shadow into the realm of rumor and here-say, so hopefully we’ll get a bit more insight into what made the incredible crooner tick.[Cinema Blend via Deadline]