One of the most quintessential punk bands, The Ramones, is getting the full cinematic treatment via one of the most quintessential and metaphorical punk filmmakers, Martin Scorsese.
Still in its infancy, the project, which won’t even start until Scorsese has finished his current gig helming the upcoming film Silence, hasn’t even hired a writer on board yet, but has the full cooperation of the Ramones estate, according to The Wrap. The Ramones estate is planning a big celebration in 2016 to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the band’s 1976 landmark debut album, a record that reshaped the entire musical game, and almost singlehandedly created a new revolution in the sonic genre with its advent of punk. Peaking in the late 1970s, The Ramones released scores of records from 1976 to the mid 1990s, all with high energy and high decibel levels, lean and muscular tunes that are memorable and full of attitude of every stripe. Going through various incarnations since its inception, the band unfortunately was in the limelight earlier this year with the death of the original drummer Tommy Ramone, who had been the last remaining member of the original lineup.
And for Martin Scorsese, this kind of material and attitude has always been a passion for him. He’s no stranger to music cinema, lensing the lauded documentaries such as The Last Waltz (which showcased The Band’s final performance in 1976), Living in the Material World (about George Harrison), Shine A Light (which followed The Rolling Stones around on tour), and also using punk music in his productions (Goodfellas, The Wolf of Wall Street) and even casting members of The Clash as extras in one of his most underrated and riveting films, The King of Comedy, in 1983. And even though Scorsese is now well into his 70s, he looks to still bring a verve and full tank of moxie to the upcoming project, and has just the right quality to capture not only a mid-1970s NYC (as he so expertly did in films like Mean Streets and Taxi Driver), but to also be able to capture the mood, milieu, sweat, and grit of that Bowery section of lower Manhattan, where the nightclub CBGB’s was the hub and headquarters for this musical misfit battalion of bands and key figures in the shaping of the entire punk movement at which the Ramones were at the head of the pack.
In addition to this narrative biopic, which is still light years away from any notion of casting, Scorsese’s name has also cropped up to direct a proper documentary on the band.
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