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Martin Scorsese to direct new documentary about 1970s New York City music scene

Martin Scorsese’s next big project will be an exploration of the pioneering music scene of New York City in the 1970s.

In 2016 Scorsese teamed up with HBO to create his television series Vinyl, a show which starred Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, a record executive in the 1970s. The show, created by Scorsese who worked alongside Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter, explored “the music scene in 1970s New York is still awash in sex and drugs, but rock ‘n’ roll is giving way to an era of punk, disco and hip-hop.”

Despite the excitement around the series, which consisted of ten episodes, Vinyl was abruptly cancelled by HBO head of programming Casey Bloys, who said at the time: “It didn’t land. With limited resources, we didn’t think the retooling was worth the producers’ time if it would only move the needle a little bit.”

Now though, off the back of that disappointment, it would appear Scorsese is ready to revisit the topic and will do so with a new documentary which will come in collaboration with Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s company Imagine Entertainment. According to Variety, Scorsese’s documentary will be part of a collection of two-dozen non-scripted films and series that would likely be streamed via Apple TV+.

“It is incredible how much we’ve been able to get off the ground,” says Imagine’s Justin Wilkes. “It’s a testament to the marketplace right now: There’s such enthusiasm for premium nonscripted content from A-list talent.”

For Scorsese, who has previously worked on documentaries focused on Rolling Stones, The Band, and George Harrison and more, the new documentary follows the recent release of his Bob Dylan effort Rolling Thunder Revue which was streamed through Netflix.