The film, which will begin pre-production later in 2021, was announced by the late blues guitarist’s estate today, with a major director said to be in talks to sign on to direct the biopic.
The news comes just weeks after The Wire star Wendell Pierce announced he was appearing as B.B. King in a biopic entitled The Thrill Is On.
However, the King estate has since clarified that there are two separate films in production, with Pierce’s film being created as a dramatised story about King’s friendship with drummer Michael Zanetis, said to shot in a similar vein to acclaimed jazz flick Round Midnight.
“We want to be crystal clear that the film announced by Pierce is not a biopic, as there are several major players involved in the new B.B. King biopic and the estate does not want there to be any confusion as to the nature of each separate project,” Vassal Benford, chair of the B.B. King estate, said to Variety.
“One is a docudrama, and the other is the official B.B. King biopic approved by corporate management of the B.B. King estate and trust as a part of B.B. King’s legacy initiative.”
Either way, we can’t wait to see B.B. King tear it up on the big screen in the coming months. Watch this space!
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