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Producer Scott Rudin Joins Martin Scorsese’s Frank Sinatra Biopic At Universal

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has set Scott Rudin to produce Sinatra, the film Martin Scorsese will direct about the life of singer-actor Frank Sinatra. Rudin joins Mandalay’s Peter Guber and Cathy Schulman, who brought in the project to the studio almost two years ago after they secured life and music rights from Frank Sinatra Enterprises, which is a joint venture of the estate of Ol’ Blue Eyes and the Warner Music Group. Phil Alden Robinson had been the original writer, but I’m told they are looking for another scribe. Scorsese’s Sikelia is also producing as is Tina Sinatra.

Rudin, nominated twice in the Best Picture Oscar race this year for producing The Social Network and True Grit, produced the 1999 Scorsese-directed Bringing Out the Dead. Rudin’s currently producing the David Fincher-directed  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which Steve Zaillian adapted from the Stieg Larsson novel, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Stephen Daldry-directed adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel that stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock. He is prepping at Paramount the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy The Dictator, and at Universal he’s got the Paul Greengrass-directed Martin Luther King Jr.  assassination drama Memphis. Read More »

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Warner Bros and Paramount In Tandem On ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’

Mike Fleming

Warner Bros and Paramount are getting closer on a co-production of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the Eric Roth-scripted adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel that director Stephen Daldry and producer Scott Rudin have been working on for the last half decade. Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks have been circling the project, a lot of journalists knew it but agreed to wait, and then somebody ran it. Oh, well. The film is not just Paramount, as was reported. Warner Bros has been the lead studio on the project, and now they and Paramount are figuring it out together. I’m told and they are in the process of making offers to talent. The book is about a bright 9-year old whose father is killed on 9/11. He finds a key left behind by his father and goes on a mission to figure out what it unlocks. The novel was a literary sensation when it was published and not the easiest film adaptation, which is why it has taken so long. But it is superb subject matter for Bullock to potentially make her first project since winning the Oscar for The Blind Side.

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