Actor Joe Mantegna, who played Dean Martin in HBO's cable television film
The Rat Pack
, has acquired the rights to the entertainer's life story.
Mantegna and his producing partner, Danny Ramm, bought the film rights to Memories are Made of This, a biographical memoir written by Martin's daughter, Deana Martin, her publicist said Tuesday.
A script based on the book is expected to be completed by Christmas, Jeffrey Lane said, and production will begin next year. Mantegna earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in 1998 for his portrayal of Martin in the HBO film. He might make a cameo in the film, Lane said.