Hank Williams biopic coming to a theater near you.

Posted on 11 August 2009 by Quaid

I’m not a country music fan, but songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” are so pervasive that even hipsters like me have a handle on what Hank Williams’ music was all about.

HankWilliamsIconJust because a person’s music was influential, though, doesn’t immediately make their life movie-worthy. Since I know nothing about the man, I guess I’ll keep quiet on that front.

Variety reports that 821 Entertainment Group and Strike Entertainment have teamed up to bring the life of the singer to the big screen. The movie will be scripted by Marc Abraham and will be based partly on the aptly titled book “Hank Williams: The Biography.”

The Williams estate is working with producers and will presumably give its blessing to the project, allowing the use of original recordings.

Williams apparently grew up in Alabama during the Great Depression, so this will almost certainly be one of those good old rags-to-riches stories. Maybe he’ll deal with drug abuse and the death of his brother, too? I don’t care if it’s historically accurate, IT SELLS!

It is really hard for me to have an open mind toward country singer biopics after Walk the Line did an excellent job of pointing out their cliches and shortcomings. I guess we’ll have to see if this one rises above the genre conventions and does something interesting.                           

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