Director Alex Gibney is gearing up to tell the story of one of America's most-beloved talents, Frank Sinatra. The project, Sinatra: All or Nothing at All, will chronicle Ol' Blue Eyes' career over the course of a few episodes. Gibney was granted access to members of the Sinatra clan as well as never-before-seen home video footage, The Hollywood Reporter notes.
"It's like his autobiography, but it's told through song," the director said at a Television Critics Association presser on Thursday (Jan. 8). "And to hear him narrate his own life through these interviews is what it made it worth doing."
Nancy Sinatra made her archives of family footage available for the project, so lack of material is not an issue. After combing through videos at her home, Gibney also stopped by the daughter's warehouse and found additional clips and more than 16 hours of new Sinatra audio.
Interviews from the present day with family and collaborators like Quincy Jones are strictly audio segments.
"It allows us to stay in the present of the time," Gibney explained. Those interviews will be accompanied by visuals from the Sinatra era. "So it feels like you're living the events and not looking back at them."
The four-part series will go deeper into Sinatra's professional career as well as his personal life. No premiere date has been announced and casting has yet to take place.
"I think he'd be very pleased because everyone now gets an opportunity to see what he was thinking," producer Frank Marshall added.
Martin Scorsese is still working on a biopic about the singer simply titled Sinatra. Last year saw the premiere of films about James Brown and Jimi Hendrix.