'Hunger Games' Writer Billy Ray Hired to Script Scorsese's 'Sinatra'
by Ethan Anderton
August 14, 2012
This year saw The Hunger Games hit the big screen with quite a powerful splash to the tune of over $684 million worldwide. Much of that bank can likely be attributed to the popularity of Suzanne Collins' young adult novels on which the film franchise is based, but director Gary Ross pulled off a solid adaptation that gave audiences confidence. However, Ross also had a great script to work with from State of Play and Breach screenwriter Billy Ray, and the screenwriter has just landed a huge gig for Martin Scorsese as Deadline reports he will write the director's Sinatra biopic which has been gestating for a few years now.
Hopefully that means Scorsese is looking to tackle the long developing film after The Wolf of Wall Street, but there's been more than a few projects linked to The Departed director, so it's not a sure thing. After all, Scorsese almost made Silence before settling on The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Irishman has always been a possibility too. Plus there's that adaptation of The Snowman that could come together.
With Sinatra, the question has always been who has the chops to play Ol' Blue Eyes and nail that iconic crooning voice. The project has the full support of his daughter Tina Sinatra so it sounds like it's all up to Scorsese to make it happen. Hopefully this script from Billy Ray rubs him the right way if the first one from Field of Dreams writer Phil Alden Robinson didn't work out. Stay tuned.