'I Slept With Joey Ramone' announced on 20th anniversary of the punk icon's death.
Lanky Saturday Night Live and The King of Staten Island star Pete Davidson has been tapped to portray punk icon Joey Ramone in Netflix's upcoming I Slept With Joey Ramone biopic. The news about the film honoring the lead singer of New York punk godfathers The Ramones was announced on Thursday (April 15), the 20th anniversary of Ramone's death at age 49 after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.
Netflix and STXfilms are developing and producing the film from a treatment written by Davidson and director Jason Orley (Big Time Adolescence) based on the 2010 memoir of the same name by Ramone's brother, Mickey Leigh.
"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," STXfilms chairman Adam Fogelson 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.”