To commemorate the upcoming 40th anniversary of the punk rock band The Ramones, a biopic is now in the works, according to Billboard. On August 27 it was also announced Oscar-winning film director Martin Scorsese is officially on board.
Scorsese is no stranger to rock concert films and a TV documentary. One of his first film projects was at the legendary Woodstock music festival working as an editor for the latter documentary film. His other concert films he directed include The Band’s “The Last Waltz,” and 2008’s “Shine A Light” with the Rolling Stones in concert. The HBO TV documentary of George Harrison’s “Living in the Material World” earned Scorsese two Emmys, including outstanding directing.
The Ramones are the legendary punk rockers from New York City whose members all had the last name, as part of their stage names, of Ramone. None of them were related.to each other. They came together in 1974 with Joey as the lead singer, Johnny on guitar, Tommy the drummer, and Dee Dee on bass.
“Blitzkrieg Bop” was their defining debut single from 1976 that launched the punk rock movement. The Ramone’s other classic hits include “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Rock ‘n Roll High School,” and “Sheena is A Punk Rocker.”
As of yet there is no title for the Ramones biopic. It is scheduled for release in 2016 to coincide with their epic 1976 debut album release. Tommy Ramone, the last living band member, passed away in July. Joey died in 2001, Dee Dee in 2002, and Tommy in 2004.