SNL funnyman Pete Davidson to produce, write, and star in Netflix's Joey Ramone biopic

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Who is Joey Ramone?

Jeffrey Ross Hyman (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), known professionally as Joey Ramone, was an American musician, singer, composer, and lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. ... Joey Ramone's image, voice, and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon. wikipedia.orgJoey Ramone - Wikipedia

I Slept With Joey Ramone is based on the book of the same name by Joey Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh, and it has the blessing of the family’s estate. In a statement, Adam Fogelson of STXfilms (which is producing the film alongside Netflix) said that the original book is a “great rock anthem” that will now make for “an equally great rock biopic” that is “set apart by a universal story of family.” Jason Orley, who directed Davidson’s Big Time Adolescence helming this one, and he and Davidson are writing the adaptation themselves.

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'SNL' comedian Pete Davidson to rock out as punk legend Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic

USA TODAY 17 April, 2021 - 12:03am

Pete Davidson will star in Netflix's "I Slept with Joey Ramone," a biopic of The Ramones frontman, who became a punk icon before his death in 2001.

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Pete Davidson is ready to rock as punk legend Joey Ramone.

The "Saturday Night Live" comedian will star in "I Slept with Joey Ramone," a biopic recounting the life of The Ramones frontman, who established himself as an icon of the punk genre before his death from lymphoma in 2001.

Netflix announced the film in a press release Thursday, which also marked the 20th anniversary of Ramone's death. According to STX Films chairman Adam Fogelson, Davidson "is perfect for this role," and Mickey Leigh's memoir is "a great rock anthem that will make an equally great rock biopic."

"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," Fogelson added. "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."

Orley and Davidson previously worked together on the film "Big Time Adolescence" and on Davidson's Netflix standup special "Alive from New York."

As singer for The Ramones, arguably one the most influential U.S. band of the 20th century, Ramone and faux brothers Dee Dee, Johnny and Tommy shaped and motivated an entire generation of post-disco rockers from The Clash and the Sex Pistols to Nirvana and Pearl Jam to Green Day and The Offspring.

The lanky singer, perennially clad in shades, black leather jacket, frayed jeans and sneakers, formed the Queens quartet in 1974 and surfaced on the punk scene two years later as the genre's prototype, a loud, proud geek rebel.

On the eve of releasing 1995 farewell album "Adios Amigos," Ramone told USA TODAY, "In the late '70s, there was Toto, Boston, Journey and Disco Duck. If you didn't sound like Meat Loaf or the flavor of the day, you didn't have a chance in hell. We'd play Philadelphia and visit the radio station — I don't know why, 'cause they never played us — and the program director would say, 'If you sounded more like the Doobie Brothers, we'd play you.' Ironically, now everyone sounds like The Ramones."

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Joey Ramone biopic to star Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson | Boing Boing

Boing Boing 17 April, 2021 - 12:03am

On yesterday's 20th anniversary of Joey Ramone's death comes word that Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson will play Joey in a new biopic—"I Slept With Joey RamoneÆ—coming to Netflix. The film, authorized by Joey Ramone's estate, is based on the memoir of the same name written by Ramone's brother Mickey Leigh. Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence) will direct. Gil Kaufman writes in Billboard:

"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," STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement. "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."

Though he originally played drums, 6'6" Joey switched to vocals early on, quickly establishing his iconic stage presence — one foot planted firmly forward, one hand tightly gripping the mic, floppy hair covering his face and his eyes shaded by rose-colored glasses. And always, always a leather jacket matched with ripped jeans, and his growly vocals about pinheads, punk rockers, glue-sniffers and other misunderstood miscreants.

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Pete Davidson cast as legendary punk rocker Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic | Hotpress

hotpress.com 16 April, 2021 - 11:17am

The King of Staten Island actor and comedian Pete Davidson is set to star as Joey Ramone in an upcoming Netflix biopic about the late Ramones legend.

The announcement of I Slept With Joey Ramone arrives on the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death on April 15th, 2001.

Saturday Night Live star Davidson and his frequent collaborator Jason Orley penned the screenplay for the film, which based on the 2010 memoir by the same name written by Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh.

Orley has also been tapped to direct the biopic after he previously teamed up with Davidson for 2019’s Big Time Adolescence and comedy special Pete Davidson: Alive from New York.

Streaming platform Netflix and STXfilm will produce the biopic, which is being made with the cooperation and support of the Joey Ramone estate.

“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,” STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson said in a statement.

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.”

Leigh’s 2010 project I Slept With Joey Ramone — written with Legs McNeil — was published nearly a decade after the punk legend’s death from cancer at the age of 49.

In the memoir, Leigh discusses sharing a bed with his brother growing up in Queens, their childhood and teen years, as well as the origin story of the Ramones.

Pete Davidson to play Joey Ramone in Netflix biopic

Far Out Magazine 16 April, 2021 - 09:30am

The forthcoming piece is directed by Jason Orley, who has worked with The King Of Staten Island’s Davidson previously on the film, Big Time Adolescence and the comic’s Netflix special, Pete Davidson: Alive from New York. The film’s title is taken from Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh’s memoir; I Slept With Joey Ramone.

Netflix will produce the upcoming biopic in partnership with STX, and the Estate of Joey Ramone have given the project their full support. The project’s announcement aligns with the 20th anniversary of the legendary musician’s death, who passed away in 2001, aged 49, after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.

Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said in a statement: “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.”

Netflix are making a Joey Ramone biopic, with Pete Davidson as the late punk icon

Louder 16 April, 2021 - 06:13am

Netflix announce new Joey Ramone film, I Slept With Joey Ramone

Produced in partnership with STXfilms, the rock doc, I Slept With Joey Ramone, is based on the memoir of the same name by Mickey Leigh, aka the singer’s brother Mitchel Lee Hyman, which is being adapted for the screen by Davidson (best known for his work on Saturday Night Live) and film director Jason Orley. The film is being made with the full co-operation and support of Joey Ramone’s estate, and Mickey Leigh will serve as an executive producer. 

The film was announced yesterday, April 15, on the 20th anniversary of Joey Ramone’s death. 

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Joey Ramone Was Worth $6 Million, but His Punk Memorabilia Is Priceless

Showbiz Cheat Sheet 16 April, 2021 - 06:06am

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Punk icon Joey Ramone, leader of the groundbreaking band, The Ramones amassed millions over his career but also left behind a trail of treasures and priceless gems currently in the possession of his brother Mickey Leigh.

Ramone, whose real name was Jeffrey Ross Hyman, died of lymphoma in April 2001 at age 49. The Ramones became a beacon for the punk movement inspiring other seminal bands. Paul Cook, the drummer from the Sex Pistols recalled how The Ramones trailblazed the punk genre.

“Ramones was the first so-called punk album,” he told The Guardian. “It made us think: ‘We’d better crack on here.’ But the Ramones and the Pistols were different animals, with a different flavour. They were more basic, three-chord rock’n’roll. Great songs, really catchy, all two and a half minutes long.”

Ramone had a reported net worth of $6 million at the time of his death. But he also left behind priceless gems like the guitar he used to composed many Ramones songs. Also, Ramone’s signature leather jacket, which became a symbol of the band almost never left his side.

“Joey wore his leather jacket at home,” Ramones former manager Danny Fields told The New York Post. “I knew a guy who delivered hamburgers to Joey’s apartment, and he told me that Joey would come to the door wearing pajama bottoms and a leather jacket. He wore it in the hospital. For him, I think, the jacket was like a security blankie.”

Leigh also has his brother’s well-known round glasses, which were a nod to John Lennon. “At 16 or 17, influenced by John Lennon and Roger McGuinn, he begged my mom to take him to the eye doctor so he could get prescription sunglasses,” Leigh recalled. “She went along with it. She didn’t know he would wear them all the time. But he did.”

Leigh has items like his brother’s passport and high school report card. “I’m not sure that Joey loved getting on airplanes, but he loved playing out of the country,” he said. “Early on, at clubs in Connecticut and New Jersey, there would be 12 people and bikers would yell, ‘Play ‘Free Bird!’ Years later, in Argentina, they were treated like The Beatles.”

Leigh does not have every guitar Ramone used. In 2015, one of his nine Mosrite guitars was sold at auction for $71,875. The instrument was also autographed, “Best always, Johnny Ramone, 5/22/90.”

“One of just nine Mosrite guitars owned by Johnny Ramone known to exist – it is not surprising that it was able to achieve such an impressive figure,” RR Auction Executive VP Bobby Livingston said in a statement, Rolling Stone reported.

Other auction items sold from Ramone’s estate included another one of his leather jackets ($18,184.80), a pair of his glasses ($12,426.40) and apparently even another old passport ($12,454.80).

But Leigh’s memories are priceless. “So I showed him how to play Alice Cooper’s ‘I’m Eighteen’ on this guitar,” he told The Post. “But he was left-handed and I’m righty. So I told him to just play the lower three strings.”

Critics split on Pete Davidson's casting as Joey Ramone: "Joey deserves better than this!"

NME 16 April, 2021 - 05:19am

Critics have been sharing their responses to Pete Davidson’s casting as Joey Ramone, with split opinions so far.

Yesterday (April 15), it was announced that Davidson would play the late Ramones frontman in upcoming Netflix biopic I Slept With Joey Ramone. The film was announced to mark 20 years since Ramone died, after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.

The film will be directed by Jason Orley, who worked with Davidson on Big Time Adolescence and Pete Davidson: Alive from New York and will be based on Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh’s memoir of the same name.

I Slept With Joey Ramone will be produced by Netflix in partnership with STX, and has the support of the Estate of Joey Ramone.

In response to the casting, a number of critics have shared their opinion on Twitter. Critic Evan Rytlewski wrote: “This is good casting. Pete Davidson is a meh comedian and a boring public figure but sometimes a surprisingly decent actor in roles that don’t ask him to do much. Playing Joey Ramone is pretty low on the challenge scale. Also Pete Davidson is tall.”

This is good casting. Pete Davidson is a meh comedian and a boring public figure but sometimes a surprisingly decent actor in roles that don't ask him to do much. Playing Joey Ramone is pretty low on the challenge scale

Also Pete Davidson is tall https://t.co/NcD67T0362

— Evan Rytlewski (@Evanryt) April 15, 2021

However, some are less than keen on Davidson playing Ramone, with Variety’s Manori Ravindran calling the casting “bullshit” and saying Joey “deserves better than this, damn it!”

Calling bullshit on this casting right now. Adam Driver was destined to play Joey. Joey deserves better than this, damn it! // Pete Davidson to Play Joey Ramone in Netflix Biopic ‘I Slept With Joey Ramone’ https://t.co/yAfV7qK1jV

— Manori (@manori_r) April 15, 2021

A number of commenters on social media called for Adam Driver to play Ramone instead of Davidson. “HOW are you gonna cast Pete Davidson as Joey Ramone when Adam Driver is right there,” one wrote.

— Jaake (@wolfmanjaake) April 15, 2021

Pete Davidson as Joey Ramone so I guess Adam Driver passed

— Charles Ingram (@charlesingram) April 15, 2021

Someone on Twitter suggested Adam Driver as Joey Ramone instead of Pete Davidson and I can’t stop thinking how right they are.

— Steven (@StevenSmithsays) April 15, 2021

I'll take all the Pete Davidson content I can get, but wouldn't Adam Driver have made an incredible Joey Ramone??? pic.twitter.com/mztibRorc6

— Kirbie “Baby Yoda Stan” Johnson (@kirbiejohnson) April 15, 2021

Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms Motion Picture Group, said of the new film in a statement: “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.”

Last month, a host of bands including CreeperWe Are Scientists and The Futureheads came together for a livestreamed gig in tribute to the late Ramones frontman Joey Ramone, celebrating what would’ve been his 70th birthday.

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