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Friday 11 July 2014

Scorsese hopes for Sinatra biopic

Martin Scorsese hopes to make a film about Frank Sinatra

Martin Scorsese is hoping to get his planned Sinatra biopic up and running.

The Hugo filmmaker would like to get frequent leading man Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role as the music legend, but admitted the film is still a work in progress.

"At this point I can't confirm anything. It's still a possibly," he said.

"We hope to try and come up at least with a screenplay as soon as possible. We've been trying."

Oscar-winner Martin, who has been making movies for the past 40 years, had filmmaking ideas since he was a teenager, but only realised they could come to fruition after he saw John Cassavetes' Shadows as a student.

"I was dabbling in ideas in making films, drawings and storyboards in the sense that I didn't realise what they were at the time. I couldn't afford a camera but at the time in the late 50s, when I was about 18, there was no possibility of making pictures at that time in New York, only independent cinema," he recalled.

"Hollywood was the place and you make films a certain way there. I saw John Cassavetes' Shadows and realised that a certain kind of picture could be made, and I can take what I know from people around me - the people on the street and my family - and put it on screen. And then I was making a movie!" he added.

:: Hugo opens in cinemas on December 2.

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