Extremely good news today for any fan of the Great American Songbook, and of great movies. It's been announced that acclaimed director Martin Scorsese's next project will be a movie about the life of Frank Sinatra, arguably the greatest vocal interpreter of popular song who ever lived.
Scorsese, for my money the greatest director of the modern era, has stated that the film will be taking an unorthodox approach, presenting a series of different episodes from the life of the legendary crooner. It's not known what actor(s) will be portraying the Chairman of the Board.
Surprisingly, this will be the very first theatrical film on the life of one of the 20th century's true cultural icons. I always insisted he was perfect material for an epic motion picture, and now it looks like we'll be getting it. Very, very exciting stuff. As a fan of both his work and Scorsese's, you better believe I will be first in line to see this when it hits theaters in 2011.
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