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Universal and Mandalay Pictures bag films, music rights of Frank Sinatra

MUMBAI: Universal Pictures and Mandalay Pictures have secured the life and music rights of crooner, actor Frank Sinatra from Frank Sinatra Enterprises.

Interestingly, Oscar winner Martin Scorsese will produce and direct a film said to be the first ever on the life of Sinatra.


The screenplay of the film is being written by Phil Alden Robinson who had earlier written the screenplay of Field of Dreams made in 1989.


Though no actor has yet been named to play Sinatra, it is understood that Leonardo DiCaprio was an obvious choice for the role.


Incidentally, DiCaprio has also featured in Scorsese‘s earlier films like Gangs of New York, The Aviator and The Departed. He will also be seen in Scorsese‘s upcoming film Shutter Island.


Sinatra died in 1998 of a heart attack when he was 82 after a career that included hits as New York, New York; My Way; and Stangers in the Night, among others.


Sinatra was nominated twice and won an Oscar for the best supporting actor for the World War II epic From Here to Eternity in a film career that spanned nearly 60 movies. But the crooner also known as ‘The Voice‘ was best known for his music selling 800 million records.

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