Probably more than any other movie director, Martin Scorsese has a long and fruitful history with rock music, so it comes as no surprise that when it came down to choosing someone to helm an upcoming Ramones flick, the legendary filmmaker was the one to get the call. There is no question that Scorsese is the man for the job; the only question is when will this movie ever get made.
One answer comes from the Ramones' estate managers, who are eager to claim the film as part of the punk legends' 40th anniversary celebration in 2016. The only problem? 2016 is just around the corner in Hollywood time and Scorsese is one of the world's most in-demand filmmakers. Take a look at his current slate of projects: principle photography is about to begin for his perennially-delayed Jesuit-prists-hunted-in-Japan drama Silence, starring Liam Neeson, The Social Network and Spider-Man's Andrew Garfield and Girls' Adam Driver; a Frank Sinatra biopic has recently been announced, and longtime Scorsese muse Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be attached; a highly anticipated, but still formless Robert De Niro-Joe Pesci crime drama; a Shutter Island spinoff at HBO; a Bill Clinton documentary; and, finally, another series set in New York's music scene in 1970s.
To make things even more interesting, late last year during an interview at the Marrakech Film Festival, Scorsese said he only had "a couple" more films in him.
Watch this 7 minute video highlighting Scorsese's use of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" in GoodFellas, Casino and The Departed.