Jonny Depp is in the favorite to pay Johnny Ramone, according to Ramone's widow Linda who is talking to film studios about starting production soon.
Posted on Mar 13, 2013 03:33 pm
A movie about the Ramones is in the works, according to the widow of Johnny Ramone.
Linda Ramone says there are offers on the table to start production on a movie, though it's not clear whether it will focus on the band as a whole or on Johnny's autobiography "Commando" which was released last year.
"I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie, because there hasn't been one yet," Linda told Rolling Stone. "That's really the only thing left."
The direction of the movie will probably depend on the views of different parties who own rights to the band's music, but Linda says it'll go ahead one way or another.
Johhny Depp could in in line to play Johnny Ramone, as they were friends prior to Ramone's death in 2004. "Everybody would want Johnny Depp to play him, because he's cool and looks good," said Linda. "He's super nice to me and he used to always talk to Johnny if we'd go to the Viper Room. His band opened up for the Ramones years and years ago."
Linda says the movie will tap into the current punk resurgence because modern bands still ride the waves set off by the Ramones all those years ago.
"[Punk] hit mainstream later on with like Green Day and Rancid, the second time around. So I think kids still go back and rediscover who really was it the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned, the Jam, X-Ray Spex," she said. "A whole scene happened at CBGBs and in London, so I think now kids are so interested in learning about it because it never really got that big."
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