Pete Davidson to Star in Biopic ‘I Slept With Joey Ramone’ for Netflix

Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce I Slept with Joey Ramone, a biopic chronicling the life of the punk rocker.

Directed by Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence, Pete Davidson: Alive From New York and upcoming film I Want You Back), the film will star Pete Davidson (“Saturday Night Live,The King of Staten Island, Big Time Adolescence and upcoming films The Suicide Squad and American Sole). The treatment is written by Pete Davidson and Jason Orley based on the Mickey Leigh memoir of the same name.

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“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,” Adam Fogelson, chairman STXfilms Motion Picture Group, 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.”

The film will be made with the cooperation and support of the Estate of Joey Ramone and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films.

Orley and Davidson previously teamed up on the feature film Big Time Adolescence, which Orley wrote and directed. Orley also directed Davidson’s standup special Alive from New York for Netflix.

Shout! Factory Releasing ‘Rock N Roll High School’ Steelbook Nov. 19

Shout! Factory will release Rock ‘N’ Roll High School: 40th Anniversary Edition Steelbook Blu-ray Nov. 19.

Based on director/story writer Allan Arkush’s own high school fantasy, the 1979 cult film takes place at Vince Lombardi High School — the wildest, most rockin’ high school around until the principal tries to implement totalitarian order. With the help of the Ramones, the students of Vince Lombardi battle to take back their school.

Executive produced by Roger Corman, Rock ’N’ Roll High School boasts performances by the Ramones and stars P.J. Soles, Vince Van Patten, Clint Howard, Dey Young, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Paul Bartel.

The disc will include a new 4K scan from the original camera negative, and a new feature-length documentary titled “Class Of ’79: 40 Years of Rock ‘N’ Roll High School,” featuring Interviews with Arkush, co-director/story writer Joe Dante, actress P.J. Soles, screenwriter Richard Whitley, screenwriter Russ Dvonch, cinematographer Dean Cundey, editor Larry Bock, and more.

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The Ramones, who were personally selected by Arkush as the film’s musical heroes because he felt they epitomized pure rock ’n’ roll, wrote two songs for the film: “I Want You Around” and “Rock ‘N’ Roll High School.”

Additional extras include four audio commentaries with the filmmakers and stars; the featurettes “Back to School: A Retrospective” and “Staying After Class”; a Leonard Maltin interview of Roger Corman; an interview with Arkush featuring a look at rare set photos; audio outtakes from a marathon Ramones performance staged by the production at the Roxy Theatre; and the film’s original trailer, radio ads and TV spots.