Martin Scorsese, one of the world’s greatest directors, is coming out with a film called Killers of the Flower Moon soon. It will make its big debut on Apple TV+ in the relatively near future. But the filmmaker already has his sights set on yet another project, and, it, too, will be showing up on Apple’s video streaming service.
That’s according to a new report today from Deadline. It states that Martin Scorsese is going to direct a film about the band the Grateful Dead. That film will star Jonah Hill (Wolf of Wall Street) as none other than Jerry Garcia. The film is still yet untitled, and it will a biopic about the band, not just Garcia. Scorsese will not only be directing, but also producing the upcoming film.
Hill is producing as well.
Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander (American Crime Story: Impeachment) are writing the biopic. As far as additional producers are concerned, they include “Bernie Cahill, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Trixie Garcia and Eric Eisner.” What’s more, the report says that Apple has full rights to use the musical groups musical catalogue for the biopic as well, thanks to the band’s and group’s management being involved in the production of the movie.
From the initial report, regarding what the biopic may cover (because there is a lot to consider):
While its unknown what will be covered in the film, the story of the group goes back to the band’s formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the ’60s. They continued to record albums and conduct tours where Deadhead fans would follow them throughout the years all over the country for lengthy rave-like jam sessions. The good times came to an end when band leader Jerry Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have done their best to carry on.
For Scorsese fans, this might sound familiar. The director actually made a documentary about the Grateful Dead back in 2017, which is called Long Strange Trip. That was a straightforward documentary, though. This is a biopic, which means it will have a bit more theatrical flare to it.
As soon as we know more about the upcoming biopic, we’ll be sure to pass it along.