Martin Scorsese is reportedly set to direct a biopic of New York punk quartet The Ramones which is for a proposed 2016 release, marking the 40th anniversary of the band’s debut album.

The project is said to be in the early stages and does not yet have a writer, according to The Wrap.

"The big 40th anniversary is gonna be celebrated in 2016 with the release of the first record," Ramones estate manager Jeff Jampol told Billboard recently. "They got together in’ 74, they started playing some shows, they were a small local band, but the world became aware of the Ramones when they released their first record in ‘76. And that’s the year we’re celebrating."

Scorsese’s early movies Mean Streets (1973) and Taxi Driver (1976) focus on tough, underprivileged areas of New York, where the Ramones first came to public notice.

Meanwhile, Scorsese’s next film, Silence, is due to begin production next year. Adapted from the 1966 Shūsaku Endō novel of the same name, it centres on a pair of priests who become persecuted after attempting to bring Christianity to Japan in the 17th century.

The film will star Liam Neeson, Ken Watanabe, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.