Scorsese To Direct Movie About Grateful Dead, His First Rock Biopic; Jonah Hill to Star

Scorsese To Direct Movie About Grateful Dead, His First Rock Biopic; Jonah Hill to Star

Jonah Hill will play Jerry Garcia and band’s original members will executive produce.
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Apple has found its next project and it’s extremely marquee.

Deadline reported this afternoon that Apple has signed on iconic director Martin Scorsese to direct a project about the Grateful Dead with Jonah Hill on board to play the group’s legendary front man, Jerry Garcia.

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the film; Hill and his partner Matt Dines will produce through his company Strong Baby, along with Scorsese and Annapurna.

With original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann signed on as executive producers along with Trixie Garcia and Bernie Cahill who managed the band’s catalogue, Apple has the crucial rights to use The Dead’s music for the film.

The Grateful Dead became a symbol for the experimentally liberating counterculture movement during the 1960s that concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band continued to find success stemming from their undyingly loyal fanbase, willing to travel to see as many tour stops as they could, featuring their storied long-and-loud jam-based affairs.

The band effectively drew to a half when Jerry Garcia died in 1995 of a heart attack, effectively ending the group’s classic incarnation.

Though Martin Scorsese helped introduce rock and roll to cinema and practically revolutionized the biopic maybe a few times now even, he has yet to lend his efforts to the “rock biopic.” It’s familiar territory since Scorsese notably produced 2017’s Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary on The Dead.

Since working together on The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill has considered Scorsese a mentor, receiving four hours of advice from the master on his directorial debut on Mid 90s.

Apple meanwhile has been investing heavily into original films since announcing Scorsese’s first project for the studio as Killers of the Flower Moon. Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions signed a first look deal with the FAANG giant who will also see major releases on their content slate such as Ridley Scott’s Napoleon picture Kitbag, Antoine Fuqua’s Emancipation, and a new film starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.


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Apple has found its next project and it’s extremely marquee.

Deadline reported this afternoon that Apple has signed on iconic director Martin Scorsese to direct a project about the Grateful Dead with Jonah Hill on board to play the group’s legendary front man, Jerry Garcia.

American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski wrote the film; Hill and his partner Matt Dines will produce through his company Strong Baby, along with Scorsese and Annapurna.

With original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann signed on as executive producers along with Trixie Garcia and Bernie Cahill who managed the band’s catalogue, Apple has the crucial rights to use The Dead’s music for the film.

The Grateful Dead became a symbol for the experimentally liberating counterculture movement during the 1960s that concentrated in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band continued to find success stemming from their undyingly loyal fanbase, willing to travel to see as many tour stops as they could, featuring their storied long-and-loud jam-based affairs.

The band effectively drew to a half when Jerry Garcia died in 1995 of a heart attack, effectively ending the group’s classic incarnation.

Though Martin Scorsese helped introduce rock and roll to cinema and practically revolutionized the biopic maybe a few times now even, he has yet to lend his efforts to the “rock biopic.” It’s familiar territory since Scorsese notably produced 2017’s Long Strange Trip, a four-hour documentary on The Dead.

Since working together on The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill has considered Scorsese a mentor, receiving four hours of advice from the master on his directorial debut on Mid 90s.

Apple meanwhile has been investing heavily into original films since announcing Scorsese’s first project for the studio as Killers of the Flower Moon. Scorsese’s Sikelia Productions signed a first look deal with the FAANG giant who will also see major releases on their content slate such as Ridley Scott’s Napoleon picture Kitbag, Antoine Fuqua’s Emancipation, and a new film starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt.


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