Paramount Snaps Up Scorsese's Stones Documentary
Paramount Pictures today (Nov. 1) acquired North American rights to Martin Scorsese's long-planned Rolling Stones feature documentary, due in the fourth quarter of 2007.Paramount Pictures today (Nov. 1) acquired North American rights to Martin Scorsese's long-planned Rolling Stones feature documentary, due in the fourth quarter of 2007.
Scorsese started filming the untitled project Sunday (Oct. 30) in New York during the Stones' performance at President Clinton's celebrity-packed birthday bash at New York's Beacon Theatre, and will also film at the Beacon tonight. Clinton's remarks at the event are expected to be included in the film, which will also include historical and contemporary behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.
At the first Beacon show, the White Stripes’ Jack White guested on “Loving Cup,” while Christina Aguilera sang “Live With Me” and Buddy Guy played guitar on “Champagne & Reefer.”
Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("The Aviator," "JFK") is supervising the photography. Veteran docu filmmaker Albert Maysles also will provide backstage coverage, while the A-list cinematographers operating cameras in the auditorium will include Mitch Amundsen (2nd unit, "Mission: Impossible III"), Stuart Dryburgh ("The Piano"), Robert Elswit ("Good Night, and Good Luck"), Ellen Kuras ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"), Andrew Lesnie ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy), Emmanuel Chivo Lubezki ("The New World"), Anastas Michos ("Mona Lisa Smile"), Declan Quinn ("In America") and John Toll ("Braveheart").
Financed by Steve Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment and longtime Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl's Concert Promotions International, the film is being sold by Fortissimo Films in foreign territories at the American Film Market, which opens today.
David Tedeschi, who most recently worked with Scorsese on "No Direction Home," will edit the film; Tom Fleischman ("Departed") is the rerecording mixer, with Bob Clearmountain ("Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London '75") mixing the music.