May 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM
A Sinatra documentary coming up
Documentarian Alex Gibney (who’ll be in town this month with his latest work, “We Sell Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks” at the Seattle International Film Festival) has taken on a variety of subjects in his interesting career: torture practices of the U.S. military (his Oscar-winning “Taxi to the Dark Side”), the fall of Enron (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room”), sexual abuse by Catholic priests (“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”), and the careers of Eliot Spitzer (“Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer”), lobbyist Jack Abramoff (“Casino Jack and the United States of Money”) and Hunter S. Thompson (“Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson”). Now he’s announced a new project: a documentary portrait of Frank Sinatra, envisioned as a four-hour miniseries for HBO. The film, currently untitled, will feature never-before-seen footage, including private and professional performances. Considering how quickly Gibney works, it’s likely we’ll see this film before Martin Scorsese’s feature “Sinatra,” which was, last I heard, still in the script phase.