Yesterday, on the 20th anniversary of Joey Ramone's passing, Netflix and STXfilms announced Saturday Night Live actor/comedian Pete Davidson will portray the punk rocker in an original film.
The film will be based on I Slept with Joey Ramone, the 2009 memoir written by Mickey Leigh, Joey's younger brother. Davidson and director David Orley (who collaborated with the comedian on the film Big Time Adolescence and the stand-up special Alive from New York) wrote the initial treatment; Leigh will serve as co-executive producer. Ramone's estate has provided their full cooperation and support, according to a press release.
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Adam Fogelson, STXfilms' chairman, issued this statement in support of the project:
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. 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.
Production and release dates remain unconfirmed.