Martin Scorsese has been given the go-ahead to direct a concert movie about the Rolling Stones.
As previously reported, the Stones were on the New York leg of their Bigger Bang world tour and were filmed as they performed at former US president Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday party.
Filming was also due to take place at the band’s small club date at New York’s Beacon Theatre, but that date as well as others scheduled to take place this month have been postponed.
Mick Jagger has been given doctor’s orders to rest his throat after gaining an infection. The singer has to be especially cautious after a bout of laryngitis in July.
Footage from the concerts was expected to form a major part of the film, along with behind-the-scenes moments, interviews and historical footage of the band. Scorsese has yet to talk publicly about making the film.
Scorsese has enlisted the help of Albert Maysles who along with his brother David, were behind the classic film footage of the Rolling Stones- when they played in front of 300,000 people at Altamont Speedway in 1969- for the documentary “Gimme Shelter.”
Scorsese’s previous music-related films include1978’s “The Last Waltz”, the farewell gig by The Band and 2005’s highly acclaimed “No Direction Home” documenting Bob Dylan.
Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards are all equal executive producers of the new film, and it is expected to be released mid-2007 through Paramount/ Fortissmo.