Martin Scorsese has written numerous papers about great rock stars: The Last Waltz, No Direction Home, George Harrison, and Rolling Thunder Revue, just to name a few. And he has also written at least one (not entirely successful) fictional film about musicians in New York and New York.To date, though, he has never combined these interests into a complete-scale biopic of an iconic musical act. However, that could change very soon.
Scorsese is on board to air a biopic about Apple''s Grateful Dead, with Jonah Hill in line to star as the band''s famous frontman, Jerry Garcia. Here''s some more info about the creative team:
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who received rave reviews for filmAmerican Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, are directing the script with Rick Yorn of LBI Entertainment joining Hill and Scorsese as producers.Bernie Cahill, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Trixie Garcia, and Eric Eisner will exec produce.Insiders say Apple has the right to use the groups musical catalogue for the film.
Again, the fact that Scorsese hasn''t done a musical biopic before makes the project interesting even if musical biopics are often kind of bland and flat. If anyone can make the genre more interesting, its Scorsese. (Alexander and Karaszewski are no slouches in the biopic department, either, having writtenDolemite Is My NameandThe People vs. Larry Flynt.
For the first time, this Grateful Dead film will continue Scorseses'' friendship with Apple, who funded his current project,Killers of the Flower Moon. Based on a true story, the film will combine Scorseses two of his most prominent individuals, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio. Thatmovie is currently in production, but there has not been a release date yet.