Recently, musical biopics like Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman have received praise from both critics and fans alike. In response, major film studios have given the green light to new musical biopics about musicians from various genres like DJ Screw, Michael Jackson, and Sammy Davis Jr. Now, as first reported by Deadline, a biographical film focusing on the iconic rick band Grateful Dead is in the works at Apple Studios.
Per the initial report, Oscar winner Martin Scorsese is directing the highly anticipated feature. Additionally, Oscar nominee Jonah Hill is already on board to star in the film as Grateful Dead frontman, the late Jerry Garcia. American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson scribes Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski are writing the script. Hill will executive produce the feature alongside Scorsese. Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann are also producing the biopic.
Grateful Dead was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its The Greatest Artists of All Time issue. The band is known for its eclectic style and its devoted fan base, the “Deadheads.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. has sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.
Jonah Hill has spent the last few years producing movies like Richard Jewell and lending his voice to animated hits like The Lego Batman Movie. Up next, Hill will appear in Adam McKay‘s upcoming Netflix film Don’t Look Up, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. Moreover, the multitalented actor will star alongside Eddie Murphy in Kenya Barris’ untitled comedy for Netflix.
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