Legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s subsequent venture is a Showtime documentary about New York Dolls frontman David Johansen.
The as-yet-untitled doc will cowl the numerous aspects of Johansen’s profession — from his childhood in Staten Island to fronting the flamboyant ’70s-era New York Dolls to his evolution into Buster Poindexter, to his blues work with the Harry Smiths within the ’90s to the current day.
“I’ve identified David Johansen for many years, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls after I was making ‘Imply Streets,’ ” Scorsese stated in an announcement. “Then and now, David’s music captures the power and pleasure of New York Metropolis.
“I typically see him carry out, and over the course of the years, I’ve gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations.”
Scorsese and his manufacturing group filmed Johansen, 70, earlier this 12 months when he carried out on the Café Carlyle. The documentary may even embrace different unique performances, archival footage and interviews.
The Dolls have been some of the influential punk/glam bands within the mid-’70s, counting amongst their well-known members guitarists Sylvain Sylvain and Johnny Thunders.
The documentary, which doesn’t but have a launch date, will probably be co-directed by two-time Emmy nominee David Tedeschi (editor on “George Harrison: Residing within the Materials World” and “No Route Dwelling: Bob Dylan”) and produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.
“After seeing his present final 12 months on the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to movie it as a result of it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical expertise in such an intimate setting,” Scorsese stated. “For me, the present captured the true emotional potential of a reside musical expertise.”