Once the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line came out and made a lot of money it seemed inevitable that Hollywood would crank out films about other country legends. It seems the next legend to get the movie treatment will be one of the men responsible for what we know as “country” music: Hank Williams. Williams was an incredible songwriter, but his undeniable talent is only half of what makes his life a great story. He was born into poverty in a log cabin in Alabama. He had a spinal disorder that caused him great pain, which led to drug and alcohol abuse. He had 11 #1 records in his career, which is amazing considering he died at 29. On top of that, there’s some controversy about how he died. That all adds up to a great story, as long as Hollywood doesn’t screw it up.
The film is set to be based on Colin Escott’s biography of Williams (Hank Williams: The Biography), and is set to use William’s original recordings. The role of Hank hasn’t been cast yet, but since they’ll use the recordings, whoever they cast won’t have to sing. Any ideas?
If you’re not familiar with William’s music check out “My Sweet Love Ain’t Around”: