Martin Scorsese’s “Silence”was a passion project for the master filmmaker, one he was finally able to do and released recently to great acclaim. Another, “The Irishman,” is currently in the works now.
But sadly his long in the works biopic of Frank Sinatra is over. In November, author and screenwriter Michael Chabon revealed that he had worked on the musical biopic but it fell apart although couldn’t explain why. At last report Scorsese wanted Al Pacino to play Sinatra in his older years, and have Robert De Niro as Dean Martin. Scott Rudin was slated to produce.
Now, Scorsese has followed that up with comments to the Toronto Sun which seemed to suggest the Sinatra estate didn’t want the film to address some of the darker aspects of his life (most likely his ties to organised crime). The filmmaker says:
“We can’t do it!…I think it is finally over. They (remaining members of the Sinatra clan) won’t agree to it. Open it up again and I’m there!. Certain things are very difficult for a family, and I totally understand. But, if they expect me to be doing it, they can’t hold back certain things. The problem is that the man was so complex. Everybody is so complex – but Sinatra in particular.”
Scorsese’s “Silence” is in cinemas now, “The Irishman” is slated to begin production later this year.