Par books Scorsese's Stones docu for U.S. tour


Paramount Pictures on Tuesday announced its acquisition of North American rights to Martin Scorsese's long-planned Rolling Stones feature documentary.

Scorsese started filming the untitled docu Sunday in New York at the Stones' performance at President Clinton's celebrity-packed birthday bash at New York's Beacon Theatre, and will also film at the Beacon tonight. Clinton's remarks at the event are expected to be included in the film, which will focus on the two concerts from the group's current "A Bigger Bang" tour as well as historical and contemporary behind-the-scenes footage and interviews.

The Stones made a portion of the tickets for Sunday night's show available to the Clinton Foundation to support its charitable work around the world.

Paramount plans to release the film in fourth-quarter 2007.

Scorsese is on a roll. His Boston gangster film "The Departed" has scored with critics and audiences. It is expected to be not only his highest-grossing film to date but also an Oscar contender as well.

The director of two acclaimed music documentaries -- 1978's "The Last Waltz," featuring the Band, and 2005's "No Direction Home: Bob Dylan" -- is using 16 35mm cameras and one Genesis Hi Def camera. Oscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson ("The Aviator," "JFK") is supervising the photography.

The camera team expects to film more than half a million feet of film at the Beacon, using additional Hi Def, DV Cam, 16mm and 8mm cameras to shoot behind-the-scenes footage. Veteran docu filmmaker Albert Maysles also will provide backstage coverage, while the A-list cinematographers operating cameras in the auditorium will include 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").

Financed by Steve Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment and longtime Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl's Concert Promotions International, the film is being sold by Fortissimo Films in foreign territories at the American Film Market, which opens today. Fortissimo executives Michael J. Werner and Wouter Barendrecht hosted a bevy of international distributors en route to the AFM at the Beacon, including buyers from Australia, Japan, France, South Africa and South Korea.

The film's producers are Bing, Michael Cohl, Zane Weiner and Victoria Pearman. The executive producers are band members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, with Jane Rose as co-executive producer.

David Tedeschi, who most recently worked with Scorsese on "No Direction Home," will edit the film; Tom Fleischman ("Departed") is the rerecording mixer, with Bob Clearmountain ("Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band: Hammersmith Odeon, London '75") mixing the music. The Stones' lighting and sets are designed by Patrick Woodroffe and Mark Fisher.