Pete Davidson Grabs the Mic for New Movie I SLEPT WITH JOEY RAMONE
The rumors are true: comedian Pete Davidson, best known for his role as the youngest cast member of Saturday Night Live, is set to play punk legend Joey Ramone in a new biopic. The movie, I Slept with Joey Ramone, is an adaptation of the book by the same name, written by the late singer's younger brother, Mickey Leigh. Davidson is adapting the book into a screenplay with the director, Jason Orley. The Joey Ramone estate is fully on board with the project, which is being developed and produced by Netflix and STXfilm.
"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 press 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."
Joey Ramone, the towering and soft-spoken frontman of the Ramones, died on April 15, 2001, from lymphoma at the age of just 49.