Linda Ramone, widow of late Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone, is in talks to make a Ramones biopic. What other way is there to immortalize these punk rock gods if not with a movie! But can they truly capture the essence of the Ramones?
“I have offers right now to do a Ramones movie, because there hasn’t been one yet,” Linda Ramone tells Rolling Stone.
Johnny Ramone’s autobiography Commando was released last year, a raw and honest read you would expect from a tough Queens native that captivated fans with his powerful guitar strokes and biting words. The movie would be based on his autobiography or a full-band biopic, depending if Ramones’ management allows for it. Regardless, Linda Ramone guarantees she’s going to make a movie happen.
Linda has even clued in to who would play Johnny Ramone, “Of course everybody would want Johnny Depp to play him, because he’s cool and looks good”. Luckily Linda realizes Depp might be too old to play a happening young rebel from New York trying to start up a band with three other misfits, “It has to be someone who’s young; they’d have to be in their twenties… 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.”
I can’t help but wonder how the original Ramones bandmates would feel about this biopic, especially if Linda is in charge of it. Let’s not forget Linda was Joey’s Ramone’s leading lady before he was in Johnny’s arms! A love triangle that forever changed Johnny and Joey’s relationship.
As if she was directly confronting her critics, she states,“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”. Maybe she knows critics like me aren’t too sure about this biopic.
Will this movie be biased towards Johnny Ramone? Will the people who control The Ramones’ music let this full-band biopic even happen? Will Marky and Tommy Ramone be involved? Who will play our handsome junkie Dee Dee Ramone?
There’s only one way to find out. Ramones fans will definitely get something out of this biopic, either a movie they’ll love to hate, or a movie that truly captures the voice of a legendary band. I’ll be hesitant till this movie comes out, but what do you guys think about this, as well as my other burning questions? Who would you like to see play the original four Ramones?