April 15, 2021

Netflix and STXfilms have partnered to develop and produce "I Slept With Joey Ramone", a biopic chronicling the life of the king of punk.

Pete Davidson ("Saturday Night Live") will portray Ramone in the film, which will be made with the cooperation and support of Joey Ramone's estate and with the assistance of Rosegarten Films. The film is based on the memoir of the same name, written by his brother Mickey Leigh. Leigh will serve as an executive producer.

"I Slept With Joey Ramone" will be directed by Jason Orley, who previously worked with Davidson on the 2019 feature film "Big Time Adolescence" and the comedian's stand-up special "Pete Davidson: Alive From New York".

Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms, said: "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. 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."

"I Slept With Joey Ramone" continues Netflix's relationship with STX, who produced the Netflix series "Rise Of Empire: Ottoman", which is produced in collaboration with Karga 7. The companies have previously partnered on other films such as "Work It" starring Sabrina Carpenter.

Ramone passed away in April 2001 after a seven-year battle with lymphoma.

Photo credit: Kevin Winter via Getty Images / Marcia Resnick via Getty Images / Courtesy of Netflix

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