Martin Scorsese Attached to Direct Ramones Movie

A book, play and documentary with never-before-seen footage also in the works as the band's 40th anniversary approaches

The Ramones perform in NYC
Richard E. Aaron
The Ramones perform in New York City, circa 1970's.
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Martin Scorsese is attached to direct a new movie about the Ramones, one of several projects in the works to celebrate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the band's first LP in 2016, Billboard reports.

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Jeff Jampol, who now co-manages the Ramones' estate, offered no other details about the film, but when talking about his plans for the estate as a whole, he noted, "authenticity is the foundation of everything.

"Luckily, when you have a really genius artist like the Ramones, you don’t have to spin it," he continued. "It is what it is and what it is is a beautiful moment in time that sparked a revolution in music and in fashion."

Along with the film, Jampol said the estate is working on new apparel, remastered music, a theatrical play, a book and a documentary. The book will combine stories about the band's early years with photographs, memorabilia and posters that also offer a look at the burgeoning New York City punk scene. As for the documentary, Jampol teased a bevy of never-before-scene footage: "It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara."

The slew of new projects not only comes in the wake of the death of Tommy Ramone — the band's original drummer — but the reconciliation of the band's estate, half of which was overseen by Johnny's wife, Linda for years, while frontman Joey's brother Mickey handled his half.

Linda Ramone spoke to Rolling Stone about the future of the reunited estate with Rolling Stone during the annual Johnny Ramone tribute at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery: "The whole Ramones family, we have falling outs and arguments and go make up. That's life," she said. "We've got so much stuff coming up. We have offers all the time for movies and plays and cartoons. It's been like that since the beginning, but now is the time to make it all happen because the Ramones are bigger than ever. Everybody loves them."

As for Scorsese, the director has plenty on his plate right now: He's currently filming the pilot for a show about a fictional record executive in the late 1970s, which he developed with Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire creator Terrence Winter; the show has been long-attached to HBO and stars Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde. Scorsese is also working on a TV adaptation of his 2002 film Gangs of New York that will focus on the birth of American organized crime in cities like New York, Chicago and New Orleans. And just this week, HBO announced they would likely pick up an adaptation of the 2010 film Shutter Island, and that the Scorsese would not only direct the first episode, but serve as an executive producer. All this as Scorsese gets ready to direct an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel, Silence, and prepares to helm an upcoming Frank Sinatra biopic.

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