The movie project is just one of many in the works focusing on the iconic punk band. Others include a musical, a documentary, a book and remastered music. All the projects are leading up to the 40th anniversary of the release of The Ramones’ first record in 2016, which is also the year the Scorsese movie is reportedly scheduled to be released.
All of this was made possible by the reconciliation of Linda Ramone (Johnny Ramone’s widow) and Mickey Leigh (brother of the late Joey Ramone). Linda and Mickey control Johnny and Joey’s respective portions of The Ramones’ estate. The bad blood started when Linda began to date Johnny Ramone, after a relationship with Joey.
“Since we weren’t speaking he did more Joey and I did more Johnny,” said Linda. “We can move on now and do Ramones cause me and Mickey now are friends.”
“As we say everyday now, ‘We’re all one big happy family.’”
The last surviving original member of The Ramones, drummer Tommy Ramone, passed away in July at the age of 65. Sadly, this may have been the catalyst of the reconciliation.
“With Tommy up there now with them it even feels more like, ‘Wow, they are all gone,’” said Linda. “I spoke to Tommy every week and the legacy was really important to him too.”
No word yet on casting for the movie, but Jeff Jampol (who manages the band’s estate) stated "authenticity is the foundation of everything."