Theres a Grateful Dead Biopic in the Works

Theres a Grateful Dead Biopic in the Works

Posted 19 Nov 2021
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Jerry Garcia. Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images.

As Deadline reports, there’s a new Grateful Dead biopic in the works, with actor Jonah Hill onboard to play the groups’ legendary frontman, Jerry Garcia and Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese in the directors' chair. 

Fellow Grateful Dead members, Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, along with Garcia’s daughter Trixie, Eric Eisner, and Bernie Cahill, will all serve as executive producers. Hill will also produce the pic through his Strong Baby banner along with his producing partner Matt Dines.

The script will be penned by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose previous works include the critically acclaimed American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. 

Scorsese has previously dived into the psychedelic history of the iconic rockers with his aptly titled 2017 doco, Long Strange Trip (watch a trailer below). Grateful Dead formed in San Francisco and thrived in California's counter-culture driven 60s; going on to become one of the era's most iconic acts, famous for their lengthy jams that ensured no song was ever performed the same way twice. This lead to legions of fans- aka Dead Heads - following their tours around the US to catch the unique incarnations on offer night after night. 

Long Strange Trip [Official Trailer]

The upcoming biopic will reunite Scorsese and Jonas Hill, who previously worked together on 2013’s Wolf of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio, earning Hill an Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. According to Deadline, they have been looking for another opportunity to collaborate ever since and Hill is thrilled to depict rock legend, Jerry Garcia. 

We can’t wait!


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