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Martin Scorcese Attached to Ramones Movie

Image Courtesy Sire/Warner Bros. Records Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese is attached to a forthcoming film about The Ramones, the managers of the band's estate revealed to Billboard.

Jeff Jampol and Dave Frey, who co-manage the band's estate, say the film is just one project being lined up to celebrate the group in advance of the 40th anniversary of the band's debut album, Ramones, which was released in 1976.

In addition to whatever film Scorsese is said to be involved with, the pair are preparing a new Ramones documentary based on recently acquired historical footage.  "We just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before,” Jampol told Billboard. “It came from the Ramones on the road over the years in the Seventies and a little bit in the Eighties, from a gentleman who had shot them, his name is George Seminara.”

Jampol added that a book, a theatrical play, remastered and new music, and "fashion apparel" are all in the works.

He shared the revelations this Sunday during the tenth, and final Johnny Ramone tribute that has been held annually at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California.

Johnny’s widow LindaDuff McKagan, event host Rob Zombie and others were on hand.  An all-star concert found both Zombie and a group, which included McKagan,  the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones, Fred Armisen and surprise guest Billy Idol, covering the Ramones.

"Johnny was a good friend of mine, we first met probably ’95 as the Ramones were wrapping up their touring and they opened for White Zombie on tour,” Zombie told Billboard. “We hit it off first day, we started talking, we had a lot of things in common, very similar views on certain things, we became good friends and stayed that way right until the end.”

In other news, Billboard reports that Morrissey is working on his own Ramones tribute album. The singer has compiled a track listing of selections for a new Best of Ramones collection for the Sire/Rhino label.

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