Legendary director Martin Scorsese is planning to make a film about iconic punk rock band The Ramones, according to The Wrap.
The news comes from ‘an individual familiar with the project’.
The Ramones previously appeared on film as themselves in 1979 film Rock ‘n’ Roll High School while End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, which documented the history of the band and featured interviews with members, was released in 2003.
The last member of the Ramones, Tommy, died earlier this year, and as the project is in early stages, the format of the film is unclear.
While all the indications are that the project would be a narrative biopic, Scorsese is a huge music aficionado.
He helped set the standard for concert films with The Last Waltz, which covered The Band’s farewell show in 1976, he directed Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ video, and he’s won two Primetime Emmy Awards for George Harrison: Living in the Material World, as well as directing the successful docs Shine a Light (on The Rolling Stones) and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
2016 will mark the 40th anniversary of The Ramones’ debut album, so the movie could be planned for release to coincide with the date.