Johnny Ramone's Widow In Talks For Ramones Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.12.2013
It will happen...
Rolling Stone reports that Linda Ramone, the widow of Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, has confirmed she is in talks for a Ramones biopic.
She said: "I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie, because there hasn't been one yet. That's really the only thing left."
She's not sure if it will be a full-band biopic about their rise in the mid-70s or told from Johnny's perspective based on his autobiography Commando, which was published last year. It will depend on if the controlling sides of the band's music agree.
She added: "If we could get together with my other side, I have a partner, so we'll see. It would be nice to do a Ramones movie. I will do one no matter what. Maybe it will be just based more on Commando. I'm working on it right now. We're in discussions, which is always a fun time."
When asked who would play Johnny Ramone, she said: "Of course everybody would want Johnny Depp to play him, because he's cool and looks good. He's super nice to me and he used to always talk to Johnny if we'd go to the Viper Room. His band opened up for the Ramones years and years ago. It has to be someone who's young – they'd have to be in their twenties, and all the Ramones in their twenties looked like they were in their early twenties, so I don't know . . . The hair is important. You could never have nobody with curly hair. I know that lets out a lot of people, but it's true. The hairdo and the stance."
She added that she is taking the biopic very seriously. She said: "Johnny's legacy and the Ramones are the two most important things to me. Johnny left me his legacy and half of the Ramones legacy, and that's an amazing thing to me. They're bigger than ever, and I think it's because punk never really took off, it never hit mainstream. It hit mainstream later on with like Green Day and Rancid, the second time around. So I think kids still go back and rediscover who really was it – the Ramones, Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Damned, the Jam, X-Ray Specs," she said. "A whole scene happened at CBGBs and in London, so I think now kids are so interested in learning about it because it never really got that big. Did Johnny want to be in the biggest band in the world? Yeah, of course, he did. Johnny's one of the most influential guitar players of all time. Did anyone ever think that back then? No. But it's a great legacy to have."