Sony Pictures Classics has snagged worldwide rights to “I Saw the Light,” writer/director Marc Abraham’s biopic of country western singer Hank Williams, whose life was destroyed by fame. No release date has been announced. Williams died in 1953 but left behind a legacy of songs including “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “Cold Cold Heart,” “Lovesick Blues” and, of course, “I Saw the Light.”
Based on Colin Escott’s award-winning biography, the film stars Tom Hiddleston as Williams, along with Elizabeth Olsen, Bradley Whitford, David Krumholtz and Cherry Jones.
RatPac Entertainment’s Brett Ratner and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert produced the film, with G. Marq Roswell and Abraham. James Packer of RatPac Entertainment and Jason Cloth of Creative Wealth Media Finance executive produced. Dante Spinotti was the cinematographer for the film.
Hiddleston will soon be seem in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” and Ben Wheatley’s Cannes hopeful “High-Rise” from a novel by JG Ballard.