The life of Rock ‘N Roll pioneer Buddy Holly is being brought to the silver screen by Bruce Beresford, the director of the Academy Award-winning film, “Driving Miss Daisy.”
The film, titled Clear Lake, was originally announced in 2018 and was scheduled for release in 2019. It was later pushed back and is now looking to start production in late 2020 if the COVID-19 pandemic recedes by that time.
“I found myself attracted to Clear Lake because the script tells the tragic story of Buddy Holly and his era in fascinating detail and with vivid characterizations,” Beresford shared. “Needless to say, the added plus of all the wonderful music was also a major lure.”
The film is being produced by Stuart Benjamin and developed by Rick French and Patrick Shanahan’s Prix Productions in association with Stuart Benjamin Productions and BMG. It will revolve around Holly’s 1958 Biggest Show of Stars tour, which ended with the tragic plane crash that killed Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. Richardson, known as The Big Bopper.
“The undertone of the story is how black, Hispanic and white artists came together on the first truly integrated music tour to begin to break down color barriers, in much the same way Jackie Robinson did in professional baseball,” French shared with Rolling Stone.
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