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The Grateful Dead are planning to tell their story with a little help from Martin Scorsese.  The legendary director is set to executive produce a new career-spanning documentary celebrating the jam band's 50th anniversary next year. 

The as-yet-untitled film will be directed by Amir Bar-Lev, who most recently directed the documentary Happy Valley about the Penn State scandal.

The Grateful Dead project will feature previously unreleased footage, vintage interviews, and new conversations with the surviving members.  They said in a joint statement that they can't wait to share the film with fans and celebrate this "monumental milestone." 

Bar-Lev said he's been trying to make a film about the Grateful Dead for ten years, and he's thrilled it's finally happening.  Likewise, Scorsese said he's proud to be a part of the project.  He said that in his opinion, the Grateful Dead were more than just a band -- "they were their own planet populated by millions of devoted fans." 

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