The legendary club CBGB and its owner Hilly Kristal will hit the big screen next year in a film tentatively titled CBGB.
Kristal's daughter, Lisa Kristal Burgman, with the help of Brad Rosenberger, Randall Miller, and Jody Savin, are producing the film. Miller and Savin are also set to direct the film.
CBGB will cover a two-year period from 1974 to 1976. The club's owner opened the club with intents of booking country, bluegrass, and blues groups. Instead, Kristal brought in a new type of rock, dubbed "punk rock."
Producer and director of the film, Jody Savin, briefly spoke to Billboard about the owner and the club's history. "It was an old-fashioned salon in an awful part of New York where people could fail while they worked to find their voice. He provided a voice to the disenfranchised. It's a heroic and flawed story."
Production of the film is likely to start later this year or early 2012.