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The producer of a Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic on Tuesday denounced the efforts of surviving band members to block the film’s release, saying it poses a threat to freedom of expression.
Brian Perera is president of Cleopatra Entertainment, which just wrapped production of “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.” On Friday, a judge unsealed a federal lawsuit which alleges that the production violates a 1988 consent decree limiting the exploitation of the Lynyrd Skynyrd story.
Cleopatra is making the film in cooperation with Artimus Pyle, a former drummer in the band and a survivor of the 1977 crash that killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steven Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, and three others. Pyle is a party to the 1988 agreement.
- Gene Maddaus
Neill Byrnes and Anthony Rocco Bovo will play Aerosmith rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, respectively, in the Lynyrd Skynyrd biopic “Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash.”
The film, which begins shooting in Los Angeles on Monday, centers on drummer Artimus Pyle’s recollection of the events surrounding the crash of the group’s touring plane in Mississippi on Oct. 20, 1977. The accident killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines, backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, an assistant road manager, and the two pilots.
Ian Shultis plays Pyle, with Taylor Clift as Van Zant, Samuel Kay Forrest as Gaines, and Rich Dally III as Allen Collins. Jared Cohn is directing from his own script and Brian Perera, founder of Cleopatra Records, produces.
One week before Lynyrd Skynyrd boarded the doomed flight, members of Aerosmith were scheduled to board the same Convair CV-300. The band deemed »
- Dave McNary
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