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Ramones get biopic

09.30.2009

There's no stoppin' the cretins from hoppin' -- legendary rockers and pop-culture icons The Ramones may finally be getting their due on the big screen. Gabba gabba hey!

Fox Searchlight (aka "the good Fox") is trying to hook a deal for a movie about the influential quartet, based on an upcoming memoir by Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh and longtime Ramones chronicler Legs McNeil. The movie project, centering of course on the towering singer and various backstage drama (mostly with his bandmate/antithesis Johnny), is currently trying to untangle a web of rights issues.

Arguably the founders of punk, you might say that no other band could do as much with two minutes and three chords. But despite their seemingly simple music and goofball facade, the group members were complex, intelligent, charming and very different (check out the excellent documentary END OF THE CENTURY for evidence).

Extra Tidbit: A Ramones movie is a pet project of "Entourage" fake-actor Vincent Chase -- who should be cast in real life?
Source: THR

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2:16PM on 10/01/2009
I guess it was only a matter of time. There needs to be great people behind this for it not to suck. I like the idea of Levitt starring in it though.
I guess it was only a matter of time. There needs to be great people behind this for it not to suck. I like the idea of Levitt starring in it though.
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8:14PM on 10/01/2009
Levitt is pure gold, he could easily pull it off. I know a lot of big stars grew up listening to the Ramones so they could get one big star and acclaimed but not yet huge stars like Levitt to play the rest of the Ramones.
Levitt is pure gold, he could easily pull it off. I know a lot of big stars grew up listening to the Ramones so they could get one big star and acclaimed but not yet huge stars like Levitt to play the rest of the Ramones.
11:58PM on 10/01/2009
Yea, it sucks that when it comes to films as big as this, he's only able to get the supporting roles. He's one of my top favorite guys working today.
Yea, it sucks that when it comes to films as big as this, he's only able to get the supporting roles. He's one of my top favorite guys working today.
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12:00PM on 10/01/2009
FINALLY! The only issue though is that one could make a biopic for Dee Dee, Johnny, and Joey--individually, one for each of the three. This will need to be at the very least 2 1/2 hours long and I just hope they do the band justice and don't screw up their personalities. The Ramones are in my top 3 bands of all time and I've been dying for a biopic.
FINALLY! The only issue though is that one could make a biopic for Dee Dee, Johnny, and Joey--individually, one for each of the three. This will need to be at the very least 2 1/2 hours long and I just hope they do the band justice and don't screw up their personalities. The Ramones are in my top 3 bands of all time and I've been dying for a biopic.
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8:18AM on 10/01/2009

It's about time!

Please do not randomly cast Justin Timberlake as a Ramone!!!

I can only hope we get a Joe Strummer biopic next. That man was the next Johnny Cash or more specifically the one and only Joe Strummer, R.I.P. Joe
Please do not randomly cast Justin Timberlake as a Ramone!!!

I can only hope we get a Joe Strummer biopic next. That man was the next Johnny Cash or more specifically the one and only Joe Strummer, R.I.P. Joe
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10:05AM on 10/01/2009
the joe strummer doc "the future is unwritten" is a pretty damn good and informative flick and worth checking out.
the joe strummer doc "the future is unwritten" is a pretty damn good and informative flick and worth checking out.
7:01AM on 10/01/2009

Will P.J. Soles have a cameo?

Finally a biopic I wanna see! Had to settle for "Rock and Roll High School" til this came along ;)
Finally a biopic I wanna see! Had to settle for "Rock and Roll High School" til this came along ;)
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5:05AM on 10/01/2009
Paul Danno, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Adrian Brody.
Paul Danno, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, or Adrian Brody.
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8:30PM on 10/01/2009
Good call...Paul as Johnny and Levitt as DeeDee...for Joey though, really not sure...
Good call...Paul as Johnny and Levitt as DeeDee...for Joey though, really not sure...
1:16AM on 10/01/2009

If they did it right . . .

They're both too short but I'd say either Adrian Brody or Jesse Eisenberg as Joey Ramone.
They're both too short but I'd say either Adrian Brody or Jesse Eisenberg as Joey Ramone.
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12:32AM on 10/01/2009
I don't know about you folks-BUT as a musician and a sports (baseball) fan. I absolutely hate and cannot watch films about bands/musical artists and movies about sports teams and athletes ...even though I like the Ramones!
I don't know about you folks-BUT as a musician and a sports (baseball) fan. I absolutely hate and cannot watch films about bands/musical artists and movies about sports teams and athletes ...even though I like the Ramones!
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12:05AM on 10/01/2009

he played a pretty good punk in summer of sam...

i say adrien brody as joey ramone!
i say adrien brody as joey ramone!
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11:37PM on 09/30/2009

What about....

Jeremy Piven as Dave Matthews in a DMB biopic??
Jeremy Piven as Dave Matthews in a DMB biopic??
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11:33PM on 09/30/2009

Howard Stern!!

Howard Stern should be cast as Ramone. They actually always talk about it on the show.
Howard Stern should be cast as Ramone. They actually always talk about it on the show.
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11:20PM on 09/30/2009
I'd rather see a Minor Threat or Black Flag flick.
I'd rather see a Minor Threat or Black Flag flick.
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7:02AM on 10/01/2009
Black Flag for sure....love to see why the brought in Rollins at all, and then why he transformed so much.

At least Decline of Western Civilization was a good tease...
Black Flag for sure....love to see why the brought in Rollins at all, and then why he transformed so much.

At least Decline of Western Civilization was a good tease...
2:13PM on 10/01/2009
A-fucking-men to that statement.
A-fucking-men to that statement.
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11:20PM on 09/30/2009

YES!

I can't wait. The Ramones are one of my favorite bands of all time. I'd love to see a real punk music fan tackle this movie as director. I'd love to see what Alex Cox tackle this. He made two punk rock classics in Repo Man and Sid And Nancy.
I can't wait. The Ramones are one of my favorite bands of all time. I'd love to see a real punk music fan tackle this movie as director. I'd love to see what Alex Cox tackle this. He made two punk rock classics in Repo Man and Sid And Nancy.
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11:07PM on 09/30/2009
Adrien Grenier, duh
Adrien Grenier, duh
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11:13PM on 09/30/2009
I'd agree. If I thought he could act.
I'd agree. If I thought he could act.
5:38AM on 10/01/2009
hahaha nice one
hahaha nice one
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