Director Ace Martin Scorsese is working on a musical biopic about rock band Grateful Dead, with actor Jonah Hill, who will play iconic band frontman Jerry Garcia. According to Variety, in addition to directing, Scorsese will serve as a producer alongside Hill. The project brings Scorsese and Hill together for the first time since “The Wolf of Wall Street” in 2013.
It is not known which period of the group’s history the still untitled film will dramatize. The Grateful Dead formed in the Bay Area in 1965 and became one of the key symbols of the counterculture with the release of a debut album in 1967 that was equally heavy on the love of the members. for roots music than the psychedelia of the time. Along with Jerry Garcia, the founding members are Bob Weir, Ron McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann. Garcia’s death in 1995 ended the group. His passing and their breakup did surprisingly little to diminish the lasting popularity of The Dead as Garcia’s songs continued to be performed by spin-off group Dead & Company, who just wrapped up their final tour with a three-night box office. closed at the Hollywood Bowl.
The film is in development at Apple, where Scorsese is currently working on his next film, “Killers of the Flower Moon”, a Western crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski were hired to write the screenplay.
The surviving members of the Grateful Dead have apparently given their blessing to the upcoming film, with Weir, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Mickey Hart on board as executive producers. Jerry Garcia’s daughter Trixie Garcia and group manager Bernie Cahill will also be executive producers, along with Eric Eisner. Additional producers include Hill’s partner Matt Dines via their Strong Baby company and Rick Yorn via LBI Entertainment.
It is currently unclear when the film will begin production, but Scorsese is already familiar with the history of the group. In 2017, he produced a six-part Grateful Dead documentary series titled “Long Strange Trip”. (ANI)
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