Martin Scorsese May Direct a Film on Iconic Punk Band The Ramones
Having worked with The Rolling Stones on a few documentaries, not to mention putting plenty of classic rock tunes in his films, director Martin Scorsese is no stranger to the music scene. And now it sounds like he might finally bring his love for rock to the big screen in a non-documentary film. A report from Billboard (via The Film Stage) talking about plans for the 40th anniversary of the first album of iconic punk rock band The Ramones briefly mentions that Scorsese is attached to direct a feature film. While this could easily be another documentary film that Scorsese could direct, the wording in the article seems to indicate otherwise.
Billboard talks about a documentary film that is already in the works and then continues, "The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others are a theatrical play, a book and a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached." That would seem to imply that the Scorsese film isn't just another documentary. Having a director like Scorsese chronicle the rise of the most revered punk band of all-time would truly be something to behold, especially knowing how he's covered the career of The Rolling Stones in documentary format.
With the 40th anniversary of The Ramones first album coming in 2016, it's a good time for a film about the band, but would Scorsese's schedule allow for him to direct a film and release it by then? He's got Silence starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson on his schedule next, but that will be be finished and in theaters by 2015, so it's not out of the question for The Ramones film to fit on his docket. But he's also supposed to direct a pilot at HBO for a TV series called "Ashecliffe," a prequel to his film Shutter Island. Stay tuned to see how Scorsese's future slate shakes out.