“Shattered Glass” and “The Hunger Games” scribe Billy Ray has come onboard to work on the script for Martin Scorsese’s planned biopic of singer/actor Frank Sinatra at Universal Pictures. Ray replaces the originally hired Phil Alden Robinson according to Deadline.
Scott Rudin, Peter Guber, Cathy Schulman and Tina Sinatra will produce the project which has secured life and music rights from Frank Sinatra Enterprises.
Meanwhile former “Prison Break” star turned film writer Wentworth Miller is in negotiations to pen of adaptation of David Wroblewski’s novel “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle” which is setup at Universal, Playtone and Harpo Films. William Broyles Jr. (“Apollo 13”) wrote the initial draft says The Hollywood Reporter.
The story centers on a mute boy who is the son of dog breeders. When his father mysteriously dies, circumstances force the teen to run away from home, three dogs in tow, into the woods where he plots a return to expose his uncle as the killer. ‘Sawtelle’ was one of Winfrey’s book club selections in 2008.