A new Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic is finally getting the green light.
According to Planet Rock, the new biopic titled Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash is officially going to be released this year. The film is centered around drummer Artimus Pyle and his perspective on the tragic 1977 plane crash that claimed the lives of singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his backing vocalist sister Cassie Gaines, road manager Dean Kilpatrick, and the two pilots.
The film stars Ian Shultis as Artimus Pyle, Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Steve Gaines, Rich Dally III as Allen Collins, Hudson Long as Billy Powell and Nick Cairo as Leon Wilkeson. Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo play Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
In August of 2017, surviving member Gary Rossington and estates of Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines successfully sued to stop the film from being produced, claiming that Pyle violated a 1988 agreement preventing individual members from exploiting the band’s name after the crash.
However in 2018, the ruling was overturned and now the film will make its debut later this month at a Hollywood film festival, with an official release date of June 30th.
“This film’s story. My story. Is not just about the plane crash,” says Pyle. “But also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant. Whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day”.
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