Martin Scorsese May Direct a Film on Iconic Punk Band The Ramones

August 28, 2014
Source: Billboard

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.


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  • jay
    yes please i do want this
  • Xerxexx
    Do it.
  • Xerxexx
    Do it now!
  • JP
    Knowing Johnny Ramones' crazy wife, don't be surprised if she makes production of the movie a nightmare and puts up a major stick. She and Joey's brother Mickey Leigh, each own 50% of the rights to the Ramones music, so if she bitches and doesn't sign off the music rights there won't be any Ramones music in the movie. That's what she did for the CBGB's movie, cause she didn't like who they cast as Johnny for that movie. But hopefully she'll play ball and this actually happens cause I'd like to see this movie.
      Keep that crazy lady afraid of this film. It has so much potential.
  • Terry Craig
    This would kick major ass! However I can't imagine, for the life of me, a theatrical play about the Ramones.
    FUCK YEAH. The Ramones are one of my favorite bands. If Scorsese was behind this project I would be too!
  • roadcat
    Learn all about the Ramones in the book; “ON THE ROAD WITH THE RAMONES”. Throughout the remarkable twenty-two-year career of the Ramones the seminal punk rock band, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Recording Academy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, Monte A. Melnick saw it all. He was the band’s tour manager from their 1974 CBGB debut to their final show in 1996. Now, in this NEW UPDATED EDITION he tells his story. Full of insider perspectives and exclusive interviews and packed with over 250 personal color photos and images; this is a must-have for all fans of the Ramones.
  • Autumn Thomas
    The Ramones are the best band ever! I really hope this movie gets made.




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