Jonah Hill will play the late Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in a Martin Scorsese-directed Grateful Dead film in the works at Apple Studios.
The history of The grateful dead, one of rock music’s greatest bands of all time, will be narrated in an upcoming untitled biopic courtesy of Apple. The company has signed respected filmmaker Martin Scorsese to direct a film based on the psychedelic rock band, with Jonah Hill on board to play the late frontman Jerry Garcia. American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson Writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are writing the screenplay.
Jonah Hill will also produce the Grateful Dead biopic under his Strong Baby banner, along with producing partner Matt Dines, with LBI Entertainment’s Scorsese and Rick Yorn also producing. The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are executive producers with Garcia’s late daughter Trixie Garcia, Eric Eisner and Bernie Cahill. With the band and their management involved in the production, Apple has secured the rights to use the group’s music catalogue.
This is the first musical biopic for Martin Scorsesealthough he has directed several rock music documentaries over the years including the Grateful Dead documentary Long strange journey in 2017. The project will also serve to reunite Scorsese with Jonah Hill, in which the actor previously starred The Wolf of Wall Street, a film that earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Oscars. The two have since been rumored to have wanted to work together on something new, and this just so happened to be the perfect project, as the role of Jerry Garcia was an opportunity reportedly “too good to pass up” for Hill.
It’s not entirely clear what will be covered in the unedited Grateful Dead biopic. The band, whose hits include such classics as “Touch of Grey”, “Truckin'” and “Sugar Magnolia”, originally formed as The Warlocks in 1965 before adopting their much better known name soon after. For decades, the group continued to make music and perform live for their ever-growing Deadheads following. Unfortunately, it came to an end for the lead guitarist and singer Jerry Garcia 1995, when the legendary musician died at the age of 53.
It seems that musical biopics have only gained popularity in recent years, partly due to the success of films like Bohemian Rhapsody And rocket Man. Earlier this year, Cher celebrated her 75th birthday by announcing that a biopic was in the works at Universal. Meanwhile, several other biopics about famous musicians are also in the works, with other films to come, including films about Buddy Holly, Janet Jackson, David Bowie, Whitney Houston, Boy George, Elvis Presley, the Bee Gees, and Amy Winehouse, among others.
The Grateful Dead biopic follows Martin Scorsese as he develops another big project for Apple with an all-star cast of his own. Called Killer of the Flower Moon, western stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Lily Gladstone, Tantoo Cardinal and Brendan Fraser. This film has no release date yet. The same goes for the untitled Grateful Dead biopic, and it’s not yet clear when filming will begin. This news was first reported by Deadline.