Major events (including Scorcese-led feature film) in the works for Ramones’ 40th anniversary

2016 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year if you’re a Ramones fan…so, if you’re a Dying Scene reader.

Unless you flunked basic math, it’s no surprise that not only is 2016 a Presidential election year, it’s more importantly the 40th anniversary of the recording and subsequent release of the Ramones legendary self-titled debut album. To mark the momentous occasion, there’s a lot…and we mean a LOT…coming down the ‘pike.

First and no doubt foremost, the band will be the subject of an as-yet-untitled feature film that’s the brainchild of none other than Martin Scorsese. In addition to the mob-related movies that he’s perhaps best known for, Scorsese has also been at the helm of some legendary rock movies, including documentaries about The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and, of course, The Band.

In addition to the Scorsese film, a separate documentary covering the band’s first few years is in the works. It’s said to feature a bunch of footage filmed in the late 70s and early 80s by a gentleman named George Seminara, whose name you may recognize as producer of “End of the Century” and “Live In New York” video featuring Agnostic Front, Gorilla Biscuit and Sick Of It All that came out a few decades ago.

But wait…there’s more. Also slated for release in ’16 is a book that chronicles the band’s formative years, a theatrical play, and a lot of product placement. We know…we know…the last one has the potential for disaster. But otherwise, it’s shaping up to be a pretty cool, albeit nostalgic, year. Perhaps the best part of the story is that all of these projects are going forward because the heirs of the respective Ramones’ camps have finally made up and are, at last, a happy family. Read more about the projects here.

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