Comedian Pete Davidson To Play Joey Ramone In Netflix Biopic
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Not Everyone Agrees With The Decision
Netflix teamed up with STXfilms and has announced that they’re making a new biopic titled “I Slept With Joey Ramone” based on the 2010 memoir of the same name written by Mickey Leigh, Ramone’s younger brother. The announcement was made on April 15, the 20th anniversary of Ramone’s death who passed away on April 15, 2001 following a lengthy battle with lymphoma.
It stars comedian Pete Davidson playing the late punk icon. It has the full support of Joey Ramone’s estate and with Leigh as an executive producer. Davidson wrote the screenplay with collaborator and director Jason Orley.
STXfilms Motion Picture Group chairman Adam Fogelson said, “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,” he continued. “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.”
Fogelson also commented that Davidson is “perfect for this role”. He previously starred in the 2019 biopic The Dirt and is also part of the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel.