It’s not the B.B. King feature film that Wendell Pierce is attached to star in (B.B. King And I), but we’ll take it for now.
Announced at the Berlinale, GFM Films has added the feature-length blues documentary BB King: The Life Of Riley to its slate.
The film, currently in post-production, documents the life of blues guitar legend B.B. King.
Jon Brewer, the film’s director, has worked closely with King, had this to say in an interview with Guitarist magazine (the December issue): “B.B. is still giving everything to it, and he has a big history…It was an absolute privilege to be asked to make this film – it’s B.B. King’s life… One aspect tops all others. There’s this little boy who loved going to school, didn’t so much love going to church, but so respected his mother and did what his mother told him. And suddenly she was fading; he saw his mother die, that then led to how he relied upon his grandmother and worked the land, who was also fading in years, so they could eat. And then she died – as a nine or 10-year old; his life had been crushed. He managed to become a sharecropper, which is somebody who earns $2.50 a month to pay for his rent and his food. I have seen the ledgers that still exist where he cleared his debt and his grandmother’s debt, before his father came to collect him. That man survived and became The King of the Blues. To do what he has done is remarkable.”
The film should be ready by the late spring at which time GFM Films likely hopes it’s already sold it to a distributor.
I expect it’ll debut at a film festival later this year or early next year.
Couldn’t find any media on it yet.