Martin Scorsese is “attached” to an upcoming film about the Ramones. That’s according to Billboard, which published comments from Jeff Jampol, who co-manages the iconic punk band’s estate. Wondering Sound has sent an email to Jampol’s West Coast offices, but bear in mind for now that this is the full extent of the information publicly available about any Scorsese-related Ramones film.
What’s more clear is that the next couple of years will be busy ones for the Ramones’ legacy. Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Ramones’ self-titled debut album in 2016, Jampol also plans a documentary with previously unseen footage, a theatrical play and a book. The book, Jampol is quoted as saying, isn’t so much a biography as “a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened,” using “prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters.” Also in the works are remastered Ramones music and new Ramones clothing.
“You’re gonna see some really interesting combinations of music and new music and remastered music and apparel,” Jampol told Billboard. Considering Jampol also handles estates for the Doors, among others, “interesting combinations” brings to mind Skrillex’s collaboration a few years ago with the late Ray Manzarek.
He continued: “As far as the apparel goes, and really everything, as a company, for me, authenticity is the foundation of everything. And luckily, when you have a really genius artist like the Ramones you don’t have to spin!”
The last surviving original member of the band, drummer Tommy Ramone, died last month (see Douglas Wolk’s Wondering Sound tribute, Remembering Tommy Ramone). Morrissey is reportedly overseeing a new Best of the Ramones compilation.
Scorsese, of course, has ample experience with music-oriented films, previously helming movies about Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison and the Band. He has also been involved in long-in-the-making biopics about Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, though. Don’t expect the wait for this one to be over as quickly as a Ramones song.