Say My Name, Please Jimmy Roselli, an Italian American pop singer who competed in an era when Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin ruled, is the subject of a new biopic directed by Oscar winner James Ivory.
The screenplay was written by J.D. Zeik, who also wrote Ronin, a Robert De Niro film. Some people think Roselli’s singing abilities are better than Sinatra’s since he grew up five homes away from the singer in Hoboken. Dolly, the mother of Frank, declared Jimmy to be her favourite musician in private. But Roselli’s career suffered significantly as a result of his aggressive nature and refusal to cave in to gang pressure to manage him and his income.
- Jan Gaye, the 66-year-old wife of Motown legend Marvin Gaye, passed away.
- Jim Kolbe, a former Tucson congressman, dies at the age of 80
Because of this, he made a lot of enemies and was barred from the most prestigious clubs and performing venues during his career’s peak in the 1950s and 1960s. Most radio stations also stopped playing his records. Roselli may have suffered the most from self-sabotage. He agreed to appear on Ed Sullivan for seven episodes, but he only appeared for three. Additionally, Roselli declined offers to appear on The Tonight Show and play a part in The Godfather II.
Roselli performed at Carnegie Hall and on Broadway. In his iconic movie Mean Streets, Martin Scorsese twice used “Mala Femmina,” Roselli’s hallmark song. He kept on performing until he was almost 80, always before sold-out audiences.
The movie will follow the day of an ageing actor named Roselli as he struggles with uncertainties only hours before giving the most significant performance of his career. This sets him out on an unforgettable voyage across 1980s New Jersey, where he is forced to confront his demons.
The film is being produced by Ivory, Spike Seldin, Neil Jesuele, Roger Birnbaum, and Mark Kimsey’s EMP Productions. Ron Fair, a seasoned A&R and record producer, will serve as music supervisor and producer. Ron has produced numerous tracks that have gone on to win Grammy Awards in a variety of categories.
Roselli is currently being cast, according to the casting director.
According to Ivory, “the plot has a lot in common with many of our Merchant Ivory movies about artists and performers of all kinds.” Our stories focused on artists in their respective cultures and how they dealt with their talent, fame, and how celebrity frequently severely distorted and deformed them as early achievements were later followed by oblivion.
- Houston Police Arrest A Suspect In The Killing Of The Rapper Takeoff
- Prince William and Kate Middleton would love to have a fourth child.
Witchblade, a TNT film production, was written and produced by Zeik as well. His current project is The Analyst, a new TV show that he co-wrote and is showrunning with Barbara De Fina.
Birnbaum, Kimsey, James Deutch, Michael Besman, and Birnbaum will produce on behalf of EMP.
Producing on behalf of Remarkable Media are Seldin and Jesuele.
EPs include Ivory and Stephen Dembitzer.