It’s been well documented on this site and others that the long-awaited Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip will be released to the masses on Amazon on May 26th. But according to a report in Deadline, that’s not the only Dead content the streaming company has brewing–Also in the works, say sources: a biographical TV series that will be written by Jonathan Herman, Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. After getting the Best Original Screenplay nomination for Compton, Herman adapted the Chris Pavone novel The Travelers, and wrote the script for Universal Studios‘ upcoming remake of gangster classic Scarface.
According the Deadline report, “Herman will adapt the untitled series based on Home Before Daylight: My Life On The Road With The Grateful Dead, the memoir by longtime Grateful Dead roadie Steve Parish. That will fuel a series whose ambition is to capture the long-running phenomenon that is The Grateful Dead, a band of musical misfits who came of age during the apex of the 1960s San Francisco counter-culture movement.”
Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will serve as an executive producer on the project (alongside Parish and others), and will curate all of the music for the series.The name and release timeframe for the new project are both as of yet unannounced.
[h/t – Deadline]