Queen, Elton John, Motley Crue have all released bio-pics in the last couple of years. Now the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd will be next.
A long-delayed biopic chronicling the plane crash which killed several of the original members of the band — including founder and frontman Ronnie Van Zant — is set to premiere on Feb. 16 in Hollywood. Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash tells the story of the ill-fated flight through the eyes of the band’s former drummer, Artimus Pyle. The musician survived the tragedy and helped pull fellow survivors from the wreckage in the moments following the crash.
“This film’s story – my story – is not just about the plane crash 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,” Pyle noted via press release.
The project’s long road to the big screen was not without incident. In 2017, a judge halted production following a lawsuit from the families of crash victims Van Zant and Steve Gaines, along with founding band member and remaining Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington. The suit alleged that Pyle’s involvement, and subsequent profit, from the film would be in violation of an agreement made by the band’s surviving members in 1987. An appeals court overturned the decision in 2018, paving the way for the film’s release. The movie will expand to theaters nationwide this spring, with video on demand and an official soundtrack release both scheduled for June 30.