And don't expect Robert De Niro in the title role, either--this film is "going to be more of a documentary," says Scorsese's spokeswoman, Marion Billings.
"Marty's such a big fan," says Billings. "He's been interested in doing something like this for a long time, but he always has so many other projects going on."
Although Scorsese is known for his mobster movies and Sinatra has been linked to the Mafia, this feature will focus on Frank as a family, not Family, man. Scorsese tells Tuesday's Daily Variety that the movie is "from the family point of view, close to the heart of the family. This is a giant, forceful piece, and he is a giant topic." Capeshe.
The movie will be based on Nancy ("These Boots Are Made for Walkin'") Sinatra's 1995 tome Frank Sinatra: An American Legend--a glossy, photo-packed attempt to reclaim her father from his critics. "Trying to slay dragons and set a record straight is not my life--but it'll never be finished," she told People magazine last December. "I know how my father's fans feel about him, but I care more about the [detractors]. I shouldn't, but I do."
The idea was hatched--appropriately enough--when Scorsese met Nancy on the Las Vegas set of Casino. Scorsese has since discussed the project with Miramax.
This is not the first time the Chairman's life has been committed to film by one of his kids. However, unlike Sinatra, the 1992 CBS miniseries produced by Frank's other daughter, Tina, Scorsese's biography won't be a dramatization. Scorsese will use vintage footage, family recollections and original performances to tell Sinatra's story.
Meanwhile, Scorsese is on location in Morocco shooting a biopic of another Hollywood legend, the Dalai Lama.