The biopic wheel has been spun and it looks like our next film about someone famous and now dead will be... Hank Williams!--one of only a handful of people who don't really annoy me when in a cowboy hat. Details:
Nashville-based 821 Entertainment Group and Strike Entertainment have teamed to turn the life of country music icon Hank Williams into a feature film.
The package includes cooperation with the Hank Williams estate that gives the production use of his most memorable recordings. Also, 821 has optioned the rights to "Hank Williams: The Biography," a book by Colin Escott that is being used as a resource by Abraham. Escott will be associate producer.
Williams ranks high among the most influential country music singer-songwriters, and he lived a life as hard as any character in a country song. After growing up dirt poor in Alabama during the Depression, Williams skyrocketed to fame with 11 No. 1 hits, including classics "Cold, Cold Heart," "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
Williams also suffered from spina bifida, which led him to turnto alcohol and morphine for pain relief. Haunted by demons and bad habits, Williams died in 1953 at age 29.
No word yet on who will portray the iconic country artist, but that doesn't mean we can't go ahead and engrave the bottom of an Academy Award with: "for his role in Hank."