Frank Sinatra’s life is the stuff of myth. From music to love to politics, he had his hand in every facet of it and it was always a hot button issue in Hollywood. I’m enamored of this man’s life and how this Italian kid from Hoboken, NJ wanted so desperately to be accepted by Hollywood, but in the end, never quite fit in. It was a long hard road for the “Chairman of the Board”, but one thing remained true, he never compromised even if it meant severing ties with friends forever.
I have a personal connection with Francis because we share a birthday so when he passed away on May 14, 1998, I felt it was my duty to find out more about the man and thus began my life long obsession with “Ol Blue Eye’s”. In keeping with that tradition of digging deeper and finding out all I can about this American icon, I was thrilled to find out that HBO has hired director Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” and the upcoming Focus Features theatrical documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”) to do a documentary about Frank Sinatra, one that promises to show sides of Frank’s life that no one has ever seen before.
LOS ANGELES, CA, APRIL 30, 2013 – Newly formed Alcon Television Group, the television division of Alcon Entertainment, and Frank Sinatra Enterprises are producing an as yet untitled documentary about the life and music of Frank Sinatra to premiere on HBO, it was announced by Sharon Hall, Alcon Television’s President.
The four-hour mini-series documentary will be directed and produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side,” and the upcoming Focus Features theatrical documentary “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks”). Jeff Pollack will also serve as a producer. Executive producers are five-time Oscar nominated producer Frank Marshall (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Bourne” franchise, “Seabiscuit,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark”), Nancy Sinatra and Charles Pignone, and Alcon’s Hall, and Co-founders and Co-CEO’s Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The documentary event is an up close and personal examination of Sinatra, his life, his music and the legendary career that stands alone as unquestionably the most celebrated of the century. Never before seen footage, including industry and home movies, as well as private and professional performances, will be featured.
Says Hall: “Alex’s vision for this unique documentary is an exciting one, taking viewers into the singular and extraordinary world created by one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known.”
Hall continues: “Although our primary business at Alcon Television is to develop, finance and produce scripted series for broadcast and cable television, we were overwhelmed by the scope and depth of this incredible story, not to mention the opportunity to work Alex and to partner with Kennedy-Marshall and Frank Sinatra Enterprises, on what is surely to be the definitive portrait of our era’s greatest performer.”
Long acclaimed as the world’s greatest performer of popular music, Frank Sinatra set the standard for all others to follow. More than a singer, he was also an actor, recording artist, cabaret and concert star, radio and television personality and, on occasion, producer, director and conductor. His artistry continues to influence musicians and singers of every generation.
Production entities partnering on the project are the Alcon Television Group, Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Kennedy-Marshall Company and Jigsaw Productions.
Frank Marshall is onboard to executive produce the documentary alongside Nancy Sinatra, and it will premiere on HBO once it’s completed.
It’s always been pretty tough to bring Franks life to the screen. Every attempt at it has always been lack luster, perhaps this documentary is just what his legacy needs. Real footage and real accounts and none of that fake Hollywood bullshit. I can’t wait for this come out!
Oh and if you want to read a book that does an excellent job of chronicling Franks life in his “hay day” read the biography Mr. S: My life with Frank Sinatra it’s an amazing book.