Martin Scorsese continues to put a focus on his music projects as the acclaimed Hollywood director is has reportedly teamed up with past collaborator David Tedeschi for a forthcoming documentary on New York Dolls‘ singer David Johansen. Scorsese and Tedeschi last worked together on 2019’s Rolling Thunder Revue, the semi-fictional archive concert documentary on Bob Dylan‘s 1975 east coast tour.
According to Pitchfork, the forthcoming documentary on Johansen will air on Showtime, and is set to “Reveal the many faces of Johansen,” according to a press release. No other details including the cast of interview subjects or a projected release date were made available with the announcement. The film will, however, include pro-shot footage from Johansen’s recent performances at Café Carlyle in New York City which were held prior to the halt on live events and public gatherings this past March.
“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 of his latest project with this week’s announcement. “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.”
A native New Yorker, Johansen came of age alongside the explosion of youth culture in the mid-1960s and went on to form the New York Dolls in the 1970s. The band would become pioneers for punk/glam genres, but by the time the ’80s arrived, Johansen rebranded himself as “Buster Poindexter” as part of the era’s swing revival.
Scorsese recently co-produced Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band which arrived earlier this year. The veteran director is also reportedly working on a documentary that will explore the New York City music scene of the 1970s as a whole, although that project has yet to be given more detail.