The film lands at Netflix
Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson will produce and star in I Slept With Joey Ramone, a new biopic chronicling the life of the king of punk, whose legal name was Jeffrey Ross Hyman. The film, directed by Jason Orley from a treatment by Davidson and Orley, is based on Ramone’s brother Mickey Leigh’s memoir of the same name. The project hails from Netflix and STXfilms with support of Ramone’s estate and Rosengarten Films.
“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 says 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.”
The book shares a fascinating, intimate look at the turbulent life of one of the music icon. While the music lives on for new generations to discover, I Slept with Joey Ramone is the enduring portrait of a man who struggled to find his voice and of the brother who loved him.
The news comes on the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death, who passed away at the age of 49 on April 15, 2001 following a seven year battle with lymphoma.
No release date has been announced as of press time.