Ramones Biopic in the Works From Martin Scorsese
After a period of discord between the families who control portions of the Ramones' estate, the band's survivors have achieved peace -- and fans will benefit with a series of projects that will reportedly include a Ramones movie helmed by Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese.
"That was probably the last Johnny Ramone tribute you’re gonna see," Jampol explained. "We’re gonna do something moving forward, but it’s gonna be Ramones. We’re all gonna focus on the Ramones, and it’s that whole thing of, ‘United we stand, divided we fall.’ The legacy is the Ramones, the music is the Ramones, it was the four of them -- it was Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy, and everybody is cooperating and moving in one direction together as a team."
Film site the Wrap backed up the Scorsese news, confirming that he intends to direct the film but cautioning that there's no screenwriter yet, and thus no timetable for the project. With Scorsese already attached to a movie that's scheduled to begin production in 2015, it seems likely that it'll take a significant amount of time for this to come together.
And that's if it comes together at all: Film fans may recall that Scorsese has pursued a number of music-themed biopics in the past, including movies about Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Although the Sinatra picture still appears to be percolating somewhere in the director's docket, the Martin project reportedly died in development limbo, which is a common fate for films whose progress depends on the approval of their subjects' survivors. But even if this particular Ramones tribute never gets off the ground, we should still be able to look forward to plenty of new releases from the archives.
"The 40th anniversary of the Ramones is coming up in 2016, that’s when the first album came out. So we have a lot of projects leading up to that," hinted Jampol. "We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before."