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OMG!!! IT'S FRANKIE!!!! AAH!!
Growing up as a kid, I used to remember a lot girl cartoon characters swooning, whenever an alleged "Frankie" type figure would show up and they'd be like, "OH MY GOD. IT'S FRANKIE!!!! AAAHHHH!!!!!" Of course, I never understood the reference until during my early teen years that I realized who it was. That's also when I learned about the Rat Pack, he was in, along with his other career highlights. Although to be quite honest, I was never a fan of his. Nor do I intend to be now, but it looks like two films about him are in the works as we speak. One is based off a novel called "Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra", while the other is a film being based on Sinatra's life story, simply being dubbed "Sinatra." Here's the information I have found out about both films thus far.
Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra:
Director: Brett Ratner
Studio: New Line Cinema
Screenplay: William Stadiem
Starring: Chris Tucker
Release Date: TBA
Synopsis: As I said earlier, it's based off the novel, "Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra." An essential behind the scenes, tell-all story, that peaks into the world of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, while weaving in celebrity anecdotes including Marilyn Monroe, Peter Lawford, the Kennedy's, Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Mia Farrow, Elvis Presley, Swift Lazar, Marlene Dietrich and many others.
My only guess is that since Chris Tucker is set to star in it, he's playing Sammy Davis Jr. However, I never read the book, so I could be wrong.
Director: Martin Scorsese
Studio: Universal Pictures
Screenplay: Phil Alden Robinson
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Synopsis: Based on the life of the iconic entertainer. Universal Pictures and
Mandalay Pictures have been developing the project, after securing the
Frank Sinatra life rights and music rights from Frank Sinatra
Enterprises (FSE) - a joint venture of the Sinatra Estate and Warner
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1915. Over the course of his career, he performed on more than 1,400 musical recordings, was awarded 31 gold records, received 10 Grammy Awards in addition to three special honors bestowed upon him by the Recording Industry Association of America. He appeared in 58 films winning three Oscars® and two Golden Globe awards, in addition to a lifelong legacy of humanitarian work.
Final Thoughts: Although it's very difficult to say how well either of these films will do, since very little is confirmed right now. However, what is certain is that both might be quite interesting. I for one am a bit curious about the Martin Scorsese one, as I've never seen him direct a musical before. Yet he's one of my favorite directors. Therefore, it should be interesting to see how that shakes out. Anyway, both films are still in development, so be sure to stay tuned for any changes.