In 1977, we lost so much more than merely a spectacular rock band. These were somebody’s sons, friends, husbands, and inspirations. Lynyrd Skynyrd did so much more than just “make music” – they told stories, they painted pictures, and they touched lives. Their music lives on, and now their story and their legend is about to become immortalized not only in the music industry, but the film industry as well. Though the release date is not yet set in place, it has been announced that the biographical movie in which will tackle the heartbreaking tale of the potential greatness that died alongside what was already so great – “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” – has officially began filming.
On October 20, 1977 the band of future rock legends boarded a chartered Convair CV-240 aircraft with dreams in their hearts and visions in their eyes. Just a week prior to this excruciating event, the band Aerosmith had refused to board that very same plane due to obvious safety concerns. The upcoming flick “Street Survivors” which will be directed by Jared Cohn was named after the album that had been released just three days prior to this event, and will be told from the recollection of the band’s drummer Artimus Pyle. Though terribly difficult, Pyle feels that this is a tragedy that desperately needs to be brought back to life, regardless of how painful the retelling will be – to honor those who were lost, and those who were hurt from that loss. It was a band of great musicians, and equally great men, and it most certainly is a story that simply must be carved into history as the day we lost what could have been.
The band’s drummer had announced this film last summer, and promises nothing less than passion and truth.
“I think of that accident every day and what we might have accomplished if we’d have 10 more years…we want this to be a good movie that tells a very passionate, intimate story about the band and a rise and fall that happened so suddenly.”
–Artimus Pyle tells Deadline on upcoming biopic “Street Survivors”
The tragic crash ended up taking the lives of three band members, one of the band’s road managers, and both of the aircraft’s pilots.
In addition to the announcement that the long overdue film has started its filming process, the cast who will be portraying the beloved band has been released as well. The list is as follows:
- Taylor Clift as Ronnie Van Zandt
- Samuel K. Forrest as Steve Baines
- Rich Daily III as Allen Collins
- Hudson Long as Billy Powell
- Nick Cairo Chandler as Leon Wilkinson
- Neille Byrnes (front man of Aerosmith Tribute Band “Draw The Line”) as Steven Tyler
- Anthony Rocco Boro as Joe Perry
It’s exciting news to say the least that the band’s story will be brought to the big screen through such a raw and honest approach. More details to come as they are released.
“Take your time, don’t live too fast – troubles will come, and they will pass.”
-Simple Man, 1973