Martin Scorsese signs up to direct Ramones biopic
Martin Scorsese has signed up to direct a biopic of seminal punk rockers the Ramones.
The Mean Streets director's biopic will emerge in 2016, according to Billboard, who report from Sunday (August 24th) night's yearly tribute to the Ramones' guitarist Johnny Ramone at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where a slew of new announcements were made.
Also announced at the event were a new documentary, with lots of unseen footage promised as well as a new book and stage musical.
This would be Scorsese's fourth film to focus on the lives of legendary musicians, he has previously created No Direction Home, a lengthy documentary about the life of Bob Dylan, Living In The Material World, a three and a half hour documentary about the life of George Harrison, and Shine A Light, a live concert film from The Rolling Stones.
Scorsese most recently directed the pilot episode of a brand new show for HBO, which features Mick Jagger as a producer and stars Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra. Finestra is the founder and president of a major record label in 1970's New York City, trying to save his label from destruction amid the chaos of the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out.