Martin Scorsese Will Executive Produce New Documentary About The Grateful Dead

Amir Bar-Lev to direct.

If there were any lingering doubts that The Grateful Dead were kind of a big deal, the fact that Martin Scorsese is a fan should put them to rest.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a new documentary about the landmark band will be executive produced by the legendary director.

“The Grateful Dead were more than just a band,” Scorsese said in a statement. “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.”

The doc, which will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev (“The Tillman Story”), will be released in conjunction with the psychedelic band’s 50th anniversary.

"The Tillman Story" auteur will include archival footage of Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh and bandleaders Boby Weir and the late Jerry Garcia that will be fused with new interviews.

The footage—that spans half a century—includes backstage and live concert clips, and was collected by band archivist David Lemieux.

After battling to get the yet-to-be-titled film off the ground, Bar-Lev and the surviving members of the band are thrilled to see the project get the green light.

"From 'The Last Waltz' to 'George Harrison: Living In The Material World,' from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones, he has made some of the greatest music documentaries ever with some of our favorite artists and we are honored to have him involved," Weir, Hart, Krueutzmann and Lesh said in a joint statement.