Unlike fellow thesps Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, Jonah Hill has so far only worked with director Martin Scorsese once. The Wolf Of Wall Street actor is aiming to change that, singing on to play Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia in a new, untitled movie.
Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, who have had success in biopics before (they most recently wrote Dolemite Is My Name), are cranking out the script, with Apple looking to work again with Scorsese following the upcoming Killers Of The Flower Moon.
Details on what part of the band’s story might be told are still fuzzier than a Deadhead on an acid trip, but the musicians’ history goes back to the group’s formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the ’60s. They continued to record albums and conduct tours where fans would follow them throughout the years all over the country for lengthy rave-like jam sessions. The good times came to an end when Jerry Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have done their best to carry on. Perhaps not-so-coincidentally, Apple holds the rights to the Dead’s music… Will this actually coalesce? We’ll have to wait and see, but right now, it’s truckin’ through development.