Though he's already interested in directing a Hugh Hefner biopic, Brett Ratner has set his sights on another famous playboy -- Frank Sinatra. But before you go crazy, thinking Ratner wants to somehow get Chris Tucker to play Sinatra a la Todd Haynes' Dylan flick I'm Not There, you might feel better knowing that's not the plan. According to Variety, New Line has optioned the rights to Mr. S: My Life With Frank Sinatra, a book written by Sinatra's long-time valet George Jacobs and William Stadiem. And yes, Tucker is eying the part of the valet. Rat Entertainment's Jay Stern will produce, alongside Adam Fields (Donnie Darko). No word yet on whether this is a pre-strike rush flick, but since Tucker is currently prepping a standup comedy tour, I imagine we'll have to wait a bit before Rush Hour 4: Driving Mr. Sinatra hits theaters.
The book, says Variety, "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," which means there will be plenty of juicy roles for the taking. Jackie Chan as Sinatra? I'd see it. Ratner has always been obsessed with the Rat Pack, and the playboy lifestyle, so if anything we know he's very passionate about the material. Stadiem, who co-wrote the book, even goes so far as to say "I think he's channeling Frank sometimes." Really? But would Sinatra pimp himself out on eBay and stalk the Playboy Mansion as if he were a lion hunting its prey? Ah, but we love Brett -- and between his Hefner flick and his Sinatra flick, we hope he finds love at least 357 times.