Ace director Martin Scorsese is engaged on a musical biopic concerning the rock band Grateful Dead, with actor Jonah Hill, set to star as the long-lasting band`s frontman Jerry Garcia. As per Variety, along with directing, Scorsese will function a producer alongside Hill. The venture reunites Scorsese and Hill for the primary time since 2013`s `The Wolf of Wall Street`. It shouldn’t be clear what interval of the band`s historical past the still-untitled film will dramatize. The Grateful Dead fashioned within the Bay space in 1965 and have become one of many key symbols of the counterculture upon releasing a debut album in 1967 that was simply as heavy on the members` love for roots music because the psychedelia of the interval.
Along with Jerry Garcia, founding members embody Bob Weir, Ron McKernan, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann. Garcia`s demise in 1995 introduced an finish to the band. His passing and their breakup did surprisingly little to decrease the Dead`s enduring recognition as Garcia`s songs continued to be performed by the offshoot group Dead & Company, which simply wrapped its newest tour with a sold-out three-night stand on the Hollywood Bowl.
The film is being developed at Apple, the place Scorsese is at the moment engaged on his subsequent movie, `Killers of the Flower Moon`, a Western crime drama starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Jesse Plemons. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have been employed to pen the screenplay. Surviving members of the Grateful Dead have apparently given the upcoming film their blessing, with Weir, Kreutzmann, Lesh and Mickey Hart on board as government producers.
Trixie Garcia, the daughter of Jerry Garcia, and the band`s supervisor Bernie Cahill may even government produce, together with Eric Eisner. Additional producers embody Hill`s accomplice Matt Dines by means of their firm Strong Baby and Rick Yorn by way of LBI Entertainment. It`s not at the moment recognized when the film will start manufacturing, however Scorsese is already effectively versed within the band`s historical past. In 2017, he executive-produced a six-part documentary collection concerning the Grateful Dead titled `Long Strange Trip`.
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