I’m seeing all these trade dispatches on a movie about The Ramones with Martin Scorsese, which came out of a Billboard story where the family mentioned various possible projects timed to the seminal punk band’s 40th anniversary. Here’s the truth: there is no script. Scorsese has an attachment, but he has also so many obligations, he might want to be sedated.
Scorsese is posting the pilot he directed for the HBO ’70s rock and roll series he’s doing with Mick Jagger and Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter; he next directs Silence, an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel that has taken Scorsese about two decades to finally get to, and is the kind of movie that takes a lot of time. He’s also going to direct the pilot for Ashecliffe, the Dennis Lehane-scripted series based on Shutter Island. Then there are many other projects he’s percolating, like the Sinatra project with Leonardo DiCaprio, and The Irishman, a crime saga that will reteam him with Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. And like Silence, Gangs Of New York, The Wolf Of Wall Street and some others, Scorsese doesn’t hurry things through the development process. He has remarkable energy for a 71-year-old man, but don’t dress for the premiere on this one just yet.