Legendary jam band Grateful Dead will see its 50th anniversary commemorated with a brand new full-length documentary due out next year. As Deadline reports, the authorized production will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley, 12-12-12, The Tillman Story), with Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer. Music supervision will be handled by longtime Dead archivist David Lemieux.
The as-yet-untitled film will trace the path of the band’s origins in 1965, touch on the death of frontman Jerry Garcia back in 1995, and wrap up with the band’s current schedule. Surviving band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir will all be interviewed for the project, as will “other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe.” The interviews will be interspersed with never-before-seen concert and behind-the-scenes footage.
In a statement, Hart, Kreutzmann, Lesh, and Weir said, “Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir is the perfect guy to help us do it. Needless to say, we are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese … The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them.”
For his part, Scorsese said, “The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. They were their own planet, populated by millions of devoted fans. I’m very happy that this picture is being made and proud to be involved.”
There’s currently no timetable for the film’s release, so stay tuned for more. In the meantime, revisit the Dead’s set from Farm Aid 1986.