Jonah Hill to star in Apple TV+ and Martin Scorsese new biopic on Grateful Dead, 1960s rock band

Apple TV+ has signed another project with the renowned filmmaker, Martin Scorsese for the untitled biopic on the Grateful Dead which will star Jonah Hill to play Jerry Garcia. Grateful Dead was a mid-1960s American rock band that is known for its improvisational psychedelic music.

In August 2020, Apple TV Studios signed a multi-year deal with Scorsese for his Sikelia Productions to make exclusive movies and TV shows for the video streaming service. The deal was finalized after Scorses came on board to produce the upcoming Apple Original movie “Killers of the Flower Moon”, an adaption of David Grann’s non-fiction book written by Eric Roth. The new drama thriller movie stars heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart, legendary actor, Robert De Niro, and Brendan Fraser as lawyer WS Hamilton. 

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Jonah Hill to produce and act in the upcoming Apple TV+ and Martin Scorsese untitled movie 

According to the report by Deadline, Jonah Hill will also produce the project through his Strong Baby banner with partner Matt Dines. The script will be written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the duo will also produce the project along with Scorsese.

Executive producers of the movie include the Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, and their late bandmate’s daughters Trixie Garcia, Eric Eisner, and Bernie Cahill. Sources report that Apple TV+ has the rights to use the group’s music. 

While it’s unknown what will be covered in the film, the story of the group goes back to its formation in the Bay Area amid the rise of the psychedelic counterculture of the ’60s. They continued to record albums and tour, with Deadhead fans following them throughout the years all over the country for lengthy jam sessions. The good times came to an end when Garcia died in 1995, though surviving members have carried on in various incarnations.

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