Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is all set to make a biopic on ‘The Grateful Dead’, with Jonah Hill on board to play the iconic rock band’s frontman Jerry Garcia. The movie will reunite Scorsese and Hill, who have previously worked together on “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Scorsese will also serve as a producer alongside Hill.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are the writers behind biopics like Dolemite is My Name and Big Eyesare, will be penning the screenplay for the film, which is backed by Apple. Executive producers include Bernie Cahill, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Trixie Garcia and Eric Eisner.
Martin Scorsese, 79, while regarded as a master of crime dramas has a track record of making documentaries on rock music. He was an executive producer in the 2017 film “Long Strange Trip” that delved into the life and times of the iconic rock band Grateful Dead. While “Long Strange Trip” focussed on the lives of the band’s living members the next project is expected to be a rumination on the cultural impact that the band and the musical genre had on America’s cultural psyche.
His love and creative genius in the mafia genre notwithstanding, Scorsese has delved into several filmmaking tropes throughout his career. Several of his films have been contemplative and intimate explorations of figures and themes that have had a massive impact on popular culture.
He is currently working on ‘The Killers of the Flower Moon,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons.
Meanwhile, Hill will next be seen in Netflix’s upcoming film ‘Don’t Look Up’ alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, and Tyler Perry.
Adam McKay, the director of ‘Don’t Look Up’, deemed the film an “absurdist comedy horror” and said the story is rooted in the current political climate.
“We were scouting [locations to film] in Boston, and I’m an NBA fan, so I was watching the Jazz game [on March 11, 2020] and the referees said the game was canceled for COVID. We went home, and then it was like six months of just [being] at home like everyone. … The whole time, I’m like, ‘Do you still make this movie? Like, did the movie just happen in reality?'” he told the Los Angeles Times.