Fresh off his hit film The Departed, director Martin Scorsese is taking a small break from violence, cursing and Leonardo DiCaprio in order to shoot a feature-length documentary on The Rolling Stones. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount has picked up all North American rights to the pic, which it intends to release at some point during the latter part of 2007. These music docs are nothing new to Scorsese, as the man just put out No Direction Home: Bob Dylan back in 2005 and is responsible for 1978's The Last Waltz, in which he documented the final concert of The Band.
While there's no title for the doc yet, Scorsese began shooting this past Sunday at New York's Beacon Theater where the Stones were performing for Bill Clinton's birthday bash. (Must be nice to have the Stones play your birthday party, huh? The closest I ever came was the mechanical animal band that rocked out center stage during my fifth birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese's. Sigh) The film will showcase two concerts from the band's current tour, as well as "historical and contemporary behind-the-scenes footage and interviews."
Oh, and if you're wondering how Scorsese will go about covering each concert, well, it's pretty safe to say he's got a solid team backing him up. Check out this mind-blowing list of cinematographers covering the Beacon's main auditorium: Mitch Amundsen (2nd unit, Mission: Impossible III), Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano), Robert Elswit (Good Night, and Good Luck), Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Andrew Lesnie (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Emmanuel Chivo Lubezki (The New World), Anastas Michos (Mona Lisa Smile), Declan Quinn (In America) and John Toll (Braveheart). Yeah, I think Scorsese has officially defined balls-to-the-wall coverage with this monster of a documentary. What do you think?