Published May 17, 2011Despite being arguably the world's most esteemed punk club (and the inspiration behind those ubiquitous T-shirts), CBGB hasn't exactly been a cash cow in recent years. The venue was shut in 2006 due to unpaid back rent, and the copyright holders filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Luckily, that hasn't stopped a group of filmmakers from embarking upon plans to turn CBGB's story into a movie.
One of the producers behind the project is Lisa Kristal Burgman, daughter of club founder Hilly Kristal. She has teamed up with co-producers Brad Rosenberger, Randall Miller and Jody Savin to make a film that covers the years 1974 to '76. Miller and Savin are writing the script and Savin will direct.
Tentatively titled CBGB, the movie will chronicle Hilly Kristal's life and the club's rise to become a haven for artists like Patti Smith, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Television, the B-52's, Debbie Harry and many others.
"It was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice," Savin explained to Billboard. "[Kristal] provided a voice to the disenfranchised. It's a heroic and flawed story."
The club owner succumbed to cancer back in 2007.
The film is due to get underway in the fall, once Rosenberger, Miller and Savin have got work underway on their other project: The Drummer, a biopic about late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson.