Around the time of The Ramones 40th anniversary, there was a rumor going around about director Martin Scorsese (Casino, Goodfellas) directing a Ramones movie. But the truth is, there’s not really a shootable script for the pending project.
The HBO series Entourage made fun of the fact that there hasn’t been a Ramones movie to date. In the episode, the main goal was to show how scripts can be shelved, which sounds like the truth for the actual movie.
Entourage named the film I Wanna Be Sedated after the song. In real life, there are similar problems with making a Ramones film.
When Will Scorsese Confirm A Ramones Movie?
Conversation around a Martin Scorsese and Ramones film stirred up a little more when he directed the pilot for Vinyl. The Mick Jagger-produced series for HBO was expected to be a big hit but it flopped during the first season.
Scorsese is still quite energetic in his 70s but he’s also known for not rushing a project along. Sometimes there will be a great deal of gossip around one film but something will make him do another first.
Unlike actors, it can take a director 1-2 full years to move on to a new project.
More Delays For The Rumored Rock Biopic
Currently, Scorsese is filming the much-anticipated The Irishman. The movie will unite his former stars Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci. There’s also a rumor he will do a Leonard DiCaprio driven Sinatra project in the near future.
With both of these films in the works (maybe), it sounds like The Ramones movie may be pushed aside once more. For now, the director has extended his contract with Paramount through 2019, but there’s no official word on the Ramones project.
Either way, music (specifically rock music) has often played a major part in Scorsese’s films. In almost every single movie, the director will use songs from The Rolling Stones to highlight a scene or bookmark a film.
Despite missing the 2016 milestone, Jeff Jampol and Dave Frey from the estate of the band are still working to make the project happen.
Would you go see a Ramones film from legendary director Martin Scorsese?