As reported by Deadline, Jonah Hill has been brought on board to play Jerry Garcia in a new Grateful Dead biopic, directed by Martin Scorsese for Apple. Apparently, Scorsese will also produce the film via his Strong Baby banner.
This would continue Scorsese’s relationship with Apple after he worked as a producer on the Leonardo DiCaprio-led drama, Killers of the Flower Moon. According to Deadline Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who are best known for American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, will be writing the script. Band members of Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, will also help executive produce.
Deadline points out that according to insiders, the film will have the full rights to Grateful Dead’s musical catalogue. It’s not exactly clear what the film will cover or when it will take place, but Grateful Dead is easily one of the most prolific rock bands in history. The band was first formed in Palo Alto, California in 1965.
Most of the band stayed together for its 30-year history until Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995, and the band decided to disband. Some of the band’s most famous hits include Friend of the Devil and Touch of Grey. The band has an incredibly dedicated following who call themselves “Deadheads,” but surprisingly, never won any Grammys.
Scorsese himself has a bit of a history with Grateful Dead, as well as making films on musical groups. In 2017, Scorsese served as executive producer on the Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip. This would, however, mark the first time Scorsese has worked on a “biopic” of a musical group. This also marks a reunion for Scorsese and Hill, who worked together on the 2013 film, The Wolf of Wall Street.
There’s currently no word on when Scorsese’s Grateful Dead pic would start production, or what other actors may be featured in the film.