LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese will direct the big screen movie about the colorful life of entertainment legend Frank Sinatra, who legions of fans called Ol' Blue Eyes, Universal Pictures said on Wednesday.
Casting has yet to be announced for the role of Sinatra, arguably the most popular singer of his era and who also struck box office gold with roles such as his Oscar-winning turn in "From Here to Eternity" in 1953.
The singer was previously portrayed on the small screen by Philip Casnoff in a 1992 television miniseries and by Ray Liotta in HBO's 1998 movie, "The Rat Pack."
But the Scorsese movie, "Sinatra", is thought to be the first to depict the life of the star in a feature film.
The project, on which Sinatra's daughter Tina will serve as executive producer, was announced one day before the anniversary of the death of the iconic singer and film star, who died in 1998 of a heart attack at the age of 82.
Negotiations with Sinatra's estate took several years as the family reportedly debated how best to tell the story.