It’s been 8 years now since Joey Ramone passed away, and 5 years since Johnny Ramone died, so I suppose it’s about time someone got around to making a Ramones biopic… right? Well according to the Risky Biz Blog, Fox Searchlight is doing exactly that. The indie imprint is currently in negotiations with producer Rory Rosegarten, who owns the big screen rights to the upcoming book I Slept with Joey Ramone, written by Joey’s brother Mickey Leigh. Rosegarten also managed to get the rights to use the music of The Ramones, which is pretty key.
Fox Searchlight sounds like an ideal place for a project like this to develop as they have always been willing to take chances and have a great way of understanding and marketing to subcultures. However, I’m not so sure about this Rory Rosegarten fellow; he was an executive producer on Everybody Loves Raymond. At any rate, The Ramones have a great rags-to-riches story, and they certainly changed music in a lot of ways, but there’s potential here for the movie to have a sense of humour as well. With the right people involved, I think a Ramones biopic could be awesome. What do you think? Who would you like to see star in this (other than Vinnie Chase)?