Martin Scorsese is truly a restless force. Between The Wolf of Wall Street, a pending NYFF showing of The 50-Year Argument, and the soon-to-shoot status of his long-brewing Silence, word from Billboard tells us he’s now attached to a film about legendary rockers The Ramones, whose various estates have recently been reunited in a deal that’s sure to open floodgates holding archival material. Are you a fan of New York’s greasiest rockers? Good news: 2016, the 40th anniversary of their first album, will see remastered LPs, books, a play, a documentary, and, it would appear, a feature.
Considering how open he’s been to the prospect of documentary films, I’d initially presumed Scorsese would make them the focus of yet another such project. Presumptions, however, are sometimes wrong, and I think Billboard’s wording on this is clear enough: “The documentary is just one of several projects in the works. Among the others [… is] a film, which already has Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese attached.” And so it is. Looking at the estates’ intention of making 2016 their big year, it would only make sense that a feature is released sometime during those 12 months — but when Silence is cast, financed, ready to soon shoot, and aiming for a 2015 opening, the prospect of year-after-year features is perhaps something of an issue.
But we will see, and I, like many, cannot wait.
What do you think of Scorsese tackling the Ramones’ story?
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