Randall Miller and Jody Savin, the team behind 2007’s Bottle Shock, are developing an untitled project about the punk scene in New York’s famed CBGB nightclub. Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, the club was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands like Ramones, Misfits, Television, the Patti Smith Group, Mink DeVille, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Fleshtones, The Voidoids, The Cramps, Blondie, The Shirts, and Talking Heads. In later years, it would mainly become known for Hardcore punk with bands such as Agnostic Front, Bad Brains, Murphy’s Law, Cro-Mags, Warzone, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick of It All, and Youth of Today performing there. CBGB has since become the stuff of legend and is widely acknowledged as an iconic place in music history until the club closed in October 2006 with Patti Smith performing the last show. The currently untitled film will “center on the real-life story of Hilly Kristal’s CBGB club and its impact on the underground music scene.” Savin will direct and co-write with Miller. Both are set to produce through their indie banner Unclaimed Freight Prods.
“This is a film about an era of music, about a place that I hung out at in New York in the early ’80s and about an unsung champion of new music,” Savin said.
Miller added: “(Jody) knows everything I do as a filmmaker, but she adds a love for New York and an ear for this time and place.
If there is a partnership that music and movie lovers should be on the look out for, it is most certainly Miller and Savin. The duo also are also teaming up with Brad Rosenberger on the music biopic “The Drummer: The Story of Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys.”
Listeners of the Sound On Sight podcast know these two films are right up our alley and we will be sure to keep a close eye on any other details that emerge.