Martin Scorsese to produce The Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary documentary

The film will feature previously unseen footage and newly conducted interviews

The Grateful Dead are set to release a documentary film to mark their 50th anniversary.

The project is expected to commemorate their milestone next year, with famed director Martin Scorsese on board to executively produce the picture.

The career-spanning documentary will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, who has worked on other documentaries like ‘The Tillman Story’ and ‘My Kid Could Paint That’. The film will feature previously unseen footage and newly conducted interviews with the band’s surviving members.

“We are humbled to be collaborating with Martin Scorsese. 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. The 50th will be another monumental milestone to celebrate with our fans and we cannot wait to share this film with them,” the band said in a statement.

“Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years. With our 50th Anniversary coming up, we thought it might just be time to tell one ourselves and Amir [Bar-Lev] is the perfect guy to help us do it”.

Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in 1995 during his stay at a drug rehabilitation facility in California. The remainder of the band have not performed live under the name since, instead touring as ‘The Dead’ or ‘The Other Ones’.