Earlier this year, it was announced that Pete Davidson would be playing Joey Ramone in an upcoming biopic for Netflix. On Thursday, SPIN learned that Jonah Hill will be playing Jerry Garcia in an upcoming Grateful Dead biopic. The film will be directed by Martin Scorsese and will be released on Apple.
Deadline was the first to report the news of the Grateful Dead biopic.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) will be writing the script. Executive producers include the Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, Garcia’s daughter Trixie, Eric Eisner, and Bernie Cahill.
Additionally, Hill will also produce the film through his Strong Baby production company with Matt Dines. Scorsese and Rick Yorn of LBI Entertainment will produce as well. Hill and Scorsese previously worked together on 2013’s Wolf of Wall Street, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
This isn’t Scorsese’s first foray into the world of the Grateful Dead. In 2017, Scorsese produced the Grateful Dead doc Long Strange Trip.
A few weeks ago, we attended Dead & Company’s three-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The band performed a number of Dead songs. You can read our wrap-up here.