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Martin Scorsese to direct documentary on New York Dolls singer David Johansen


It has been announced that Martin Scorsese will co-direct a new documentary alongside David Tedeschi.

The film, which will focus on New York Dolls singer David Johansen, will be released through Showtime Documentary Films and produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard

“I’ve known David Johansen for decades, and his music has been a touchstone ever since I listened to the Dolls when I was making Mean Streets,” Scorsese said in a statement. “Then and now, David’s music captures the energy and excitement of New York City. I often see him perform, and over the years I’ve gotten to know the depth of his musical inspirations.

“After seeing his show last year at the Café Carlyle, I knew I had to film it because it was so extraordinary to see the evolution of his life and his musical talent in such an intimate setting. For me, the show captured the true emotional potential of a live musical experience.”

The documentary is designed to detail and chronicle Johansen’s career, a prolific journey which spans no fewer than 50 years. Starting with the beginning of his journey as a teenager in 1960s New York, Scorsese and Tedeschi will then follow his life all the way through to his meteoric rise with New York Dolls.

The film, still in pre-production, is yet to be named nor has it been handed a potential release date so watch this space.