For years, Martin Scorsese has tried to get a Frank Sinatra biopic off the ground, to no avail. Now, a hot new spec about Sinatra is getting attention in the marketplace, and rather than a traditional biopic, this one is focused on the bizarre true events surrounding the 1963 kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr.
The script is called JUNIOR and it’s written by Peter Malone Elliott. The story finds the mercurial Frank Sinatra at the apex of his career when he’s forced to team up with the FBI to rescue his son from a group of inept kidnappers, giving Ol’ Blue Eyes the chance to repair their broken father-son bond.
It turns out that two of Junior’s former high school classmates were behind the kidnapping, having followed the 19-year-old singer from city to city, waiting to make their move. They eventually demanded $240,000 in ransom from the elder Sinatra. For more information on the kidnapping, click here.
Elliott doesn’t have any produced credits yet, but he was a quarter-finalist in both the Nicholl Fellowship and the Final Draft Big Break Competition, and he also received the award for Best Original Undergraduate Pilot at Loyola Marymount University.
Elliott is represented by The Muraviov Company, and buyers have already begun inquiring, as Sinatra was an international celebrity and any movie about the Chairman of the Board would surely garner interest overseas.
Jeff Sneider | Editor in Chief