Paramount Pictures is working on a biopic on the life of longtime Rat Pack luminary, singer, actor and musician Sammy Davis, Jr. Paramount put the project on the fast-track where it will soon have its writer and director after the studio recently inked a deal with producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. The production team for the biopic also reportedly includes legendary singer Lionel Richie.

The biopic will reportedly be based largely around the 1965 memoir "Yes I Can: The Story of Sammy Davis, Jr." and will likely include a lot on the beloved African-American performer’s eventful life including a forbidden relationship with the likes of Vertigo's Kim Novak and prohibition by JFK of performing at the White House – not to mention everything else that Davis did for race-relations by himself and as part of The Rat Pack – so named after the men who would later compromise it (Davis, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford) were drinking with other future Rat Pack member Humphrey Bogart at his home, when Bogart's wife, Lauren Bacall, compared them to a pack of rats. The name stuck.

Stay with The 405 for more on this as we hear it and enjoy Davis's live performance of "I've Gotta Be Me" from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark (sometime in the early 1970's) below.