Billy Ray to Rewrite Martin Scorsese’s Sinatra

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The project first announced some years ago, Martin Scorsese still has plans to bring to the screen the life of Frank Sinatra at Universal Pictures. Today, Deadline reveals that the studio has brought aboard The Hunger Games writer Billy Ray to rewrite the screenplay, taking over from Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams).

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.

Ray’s next project is the true story Captain Phillips, which is being directed by Paul Greengrass with Tom Hanks in the lead. It is set for release on October 11, 2013.

Scorsese, meanwhile, last directed 2011’s Hugo and is entering production on The Wolf of Wall Street.

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