‘Hunger Games’ screenwriter plucked for Sinatra biopic
LOS ANGELES, Aug 17 — Martin Scorsese's long promised Frank Sinatra biopic has been given a new boost with Universal Studios' hiring of Billy Ray, a screenwriter who worked on “The Hunger Games”, to breathe new life into the project.
According to Deadline.com, Billy Ray is replacing Phil Alden Robinson for the job, the latter having been tied to the movie since the 2008 Cannes festival.
Although Sinatra is now moving forward, Martin Scorsese is directing other projects that are likely to come out before the biopic. He is currently at work with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau, Matthew McConaughey, Jean Dujardin and Kyle Chandler on the thriller “The Wolf of Wall Street”.
His other projects include a sequel to Silence, set in feudal Japan, and “The Irishman”, a crime story that is to reunite him with Robert De Niro. He's expressed interest in directing another biopic, about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Leonardo DiCaprio had been tied to the Frank Sinatra biopic since early 2010, although Deadline.com does not mention his name, pondering instead which Hollywood stars could portray The Voice himself, as well as the other famous faces that gravitated around him, such as Marilyn Monroe, JFK and Dean Martin. — AFP/Relaxnews