It's been almost 40 years since the Ramones' first album came out, and that means 2016 will see an epic celebration of their career. According to Billboard, Ramones estate co-manager Jeff Jampol says there are a number of projects in the works dedicated to the whole band.
The biggest news is the announcement that Martin Scorsese is attached to a Ramones biopic, with a target release date of 2016. There's no indication whether he'll be directing the film, or if he'll just act as producer. Few details have been divulged as of yet, but if Scorsese's history of masterful soundtracks is any indication, it should be something to look forward to.
Additionally, Jampol says there is a documentary, theatrical play, and book slated for release in the next few years. Jampol told Billboard about the documentary:
We’re looking at a documentary on the Ramones, we just secured a ton of footage, much of which has never been seen before. 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.
It's worth noting that there are already a few Ramones documentaries -- including 2003's End of the Century and 2004's Ramones Raw -- so hopefully the new one will have something to offer fans.
Jampol went on about the forthcoming book:
You’ll see a book coming, which is not a biographical book so much, but a story of the band’s formation and those first few records and that craziness that happened. It’ll be a combination of prose, photographs and memorabilia and posters, just kind of documenting the scene. The Ramones were the first punk band and they started the punk movement.
This year also marks the passing of Tommy Ramone, the band's final original member, so it's fitting that there are so many projects commemorating the band. Stay tuned to Zumic for updates about the upcoming tributes to the punk rock pioneers.