Seems like Chris Tucker only wants to work with director Brett Ratner these days. Hot off the lukewarm reception and success of Rush Hour 3, the two are developing a flick centered around the real life story of Frank Sinatra’s black driver or personal valet or something to that ilk.Tucker will star as George Jacobs, who recently published a book (with some help from author William Stadiem) Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra. That book came out in 2003 from Harper Collins.
It offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
Stadiem, a longtime chronicler of old Hollywood, has been tapped to write the screenplay, which weaves in celebrity anecdotes involving Marilyn Monroe, Peter Lawford, the Kennedys, Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Mia Farrow, Elvis Presley, Swifty Lazar and Marlene Dietrich, among others.
“It’s like a love story between two very unlikely people,” Stadiem said. “Brett is a Rat Pack obsessive, and so it’s fun to work with someone so passionate about the period. I think he’s channeling Frank sometimes.”
I’m guessing he’s def. not channeling Mr. Super Cool (my new nickname for Sinatra cause I’m drawing blank on any of his actual nicknames and that alone should cause me to be tasered). Newline Studios will be footing the bill.
Word on the street is this movie will no doubt suck in comparison to the book and movies in general.