Netflix and STXfilms have teamed up to develop and produce a new biopic focusing on late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone. The film is called “I Slept With Joey Ramone” and it will be based on the book of the same name, which was written by the musician’s brother Mickey Leigh. The movie is set to be directed by Jason Orley and it will star Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live”).
Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, commented:
“When you share a bed with someone — and not just a bed, but a childhood, a family, and a lifetime — you know that person better than anybody else. Mickey Leigh not only collaborated with his big brother’s band — he has irreplaceable memories of and insights into Joey Ramone, having supported him when no one else would and witnessed him overcome adversity in the most dramatic way.”
He also added:
“‘I Slept With Joey Ramone’ is a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic, set apart by a universal story of family.
Pete is perfect for this role and we’re excited he and Jason will be bringing this icon of rock to life and thrilled to be collaborating once again with our friends at Netflix.”
The film is being made in cooperation with Joey Ramone’s estate and Leigh will serve as an executive producer. Release details are still pending.